2018: A last look at first responders

As the page turns on another year, here’s a look at some of the heroes of the year and those poised to lead in 2019.


Darren Endris received Phil McCabe 5 Bugle Award

When the Biloxi Fire Department recognized nearly two dozen acts of bravery and gallantry during its annual awards ceremony, Firefighter III Darren Endris was honored with the chief’s award.

“He is the ideal of what a public servant should be, and he possesses a natural ability to inspire others through his gentle, encouraging actions,” Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said during his presentation of the Phil McCabe 5 Bugle Award, also known as the Chief’s Award. 

A host of firefighters, individuals and businesses were also recognized during the public ceremony held at the Biloxi Civic Center.
See the list of awards
Video: The 2018 awards ceremony


Biloxi Police Department announced promotions

More than two dozen police officers were promoted during a ceremony at Biloxi City Hall. 

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller and other officers and officials recognized 27 officers for earning an increase in rank.  Three captains, eight lieutenants and sixteen sergeants where pinned with their new badges in front of family and friends.  The officers will serve in supervisory roles throughout the four department divisions: Patrol, Investigations, Administrative Support, and Administrative Services.
See the list of promotions
Gallery: Images from the promotion ceremony


News & notes: Weekly report, recycling, Oyster drop, court

The week that was: Last week, the Fire Department answered 140 calls for service, including 90 medical emergencies and two fires; the Police Department handled 2,035 calls for service; and the Community Development Department issued 51 building permits with a construction valuation of nearly $600,000. To see the reports covering last week, click here. 

Recycle or not: Here is a list of what to do with some after Christmas items. Items to place in the recycling cart are paper type wrapping paper, cardboard and paper boxes, bags, paper cards and envelopes, catalogs, magazines, paper cartons, plastic bottle, aluminum, tin, steel cans, glass bottles and office paper.  Items to place in the garbage cart are Christmas lights, garland and tinsel, foil wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, bubble wrap, Styrofoam, plastic bags and food waste. 

Cardboard and holiday boxes: Want to recycle the holiday and cardboard boxes from Christmas? On Saturday, you can drop off those boxes from 8 a.m. to noon at the Popp’s Ferry Soccer Fields across from the Margaret Sherry Library. 

Oyster Ball Drop: The Maritime & Seafood Industry Museum will ring in the New Year with its annual Oyster Ball Drop on Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the museum.  Activities include live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, full bar and more.  Admission is $50. 

Municipal Court: The Biloxi Municipal Court will close from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 3 while a software update is conducted on the office computers. 


News & notes: Holiday schedules

Garbage service: The Harrison County Utility Authority says no garbage, recycling or trash will be collected New Year’s Day.  Collection will be a day later than usual for the week.

Holiday office closures: All non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.