TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Fallen law enforcement officers from Northeast Mississippi were honored tonight during the Northeast Mississippi Law Enforcement Memorial Service.
“I think it's very special. We're all a member of a club that we didn't want to be a member of. We weren't given a choice," said Debi Pearson, mother of fallen officer Dylan Pickle.
Pearson wears an image of Pickle’s Monroe County deputy badge on a chain. He was one of several law enforcement officers honored at tonight’s memorial service in Tupelo.
Pickle was killed last summer while on duty.
Founder of the Wives of Warriors support group, Kim Rushing, said this is the 22nd year organizers have held the memorial service for fallen law officers.
“We don't want them to ever be forgotten. We want their family members to be able to come together and remember them as a group," said Rushing.
Pearson said that's exactly what the memorial service did for her and her family.
“When we all come together like this, we can lean on each other. We have someone that knows exactly what we're going through," said Pearson. "To have somebody that understands, literally understands, means the world.”
The service is held annually during National Police Week.