PRENTISS COUNTY, Miss (WTVA) - The annual planting of a magnolia tree in honor of fallen Prentiss County Deputy Michael Hisaw was held Sunday.
Family, friends and the Prentiss County Sheriff's Department gathered, prayed and planted a magnolia tree in honor of Hisaw.
Deputy Hisaw was shot in the chest and killed while responding to a disturbance call in Prentiss County in 1999.
Hisaw's mother said his bravery is not forgotten.
"People still tell us how much he helped them at some point and helped them with different things," explained Carol Hisaw. "So, he is remembered after all these years."
Jerry Hisaw, Michael Hisaw's father, said this annual ceremony isn't just to honor his son but a reminder of safety while on duty.
"This is a reminder to them to be safe and very thoughtful in the arrest and the stuff that they do each day, which we are so thankful for," explained Jerry Hisaw.
According to Sheriff Randy Tolar, Michael Hisaw is the only Prentiss County deputy killed in the line of duty.
Therefore, Tolar honors Hisaw not only yearly but daily with a memorial wall in the sheriff's department.
"We want him to continually be remembered as an officer who faithfully served this county," said Tolar.
The sheriff said he will honor Hisaw as long as he is the sheriff of Prentiss County.