AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - Friends and family gathered in Amory Wednesday morning to remember former Monroe County sheriff’s deputy Dylan Pickle who died in 2020.
He died on July 26 while working at a safety checkpoint in Hamilton.
Friday, July 2 would have been his 25th birthday.
WTVA reporter Chelsea Brown spoke Wednesday with his mother about the upcoming anniversaries.
"This month, I have been so worked up over for a long time; I knew it was coming," Debi Pearson said.
The last holiday she and her son celebrated together was the Fourth of July in 2020.
Jug Rutshah is the chairman and founder of the Beyond the Call of Duty group.
The group travels across the nation honoring fallen officers and speaking with survivors.
In 2020, the group honored 339 officers.
"This year we are doing 84 days, 24,000 miles," he said.
Rutshah retired in 2017 from a sheriff’s department in central Washington.
"I wanted the survivors to know that we were not going to forget their loved ones, and around the nation, everyone would know who their loved one was."
Pearson said she felt overwhelmed by everyone’s presence Wednesday and described the event as amazing.
"It doesn't surprise me,” she said. “Dylan was so loved. He was loved by his department. He was loved by his friends. He was loved by total strangers."
In honor of her son, Pearson said she contacted a mother, whose son shares Pickle’s birthday, and will buy the soon-to-be 6-year-old a cake
Pickle loved kids and cake, she added.