Biloxi Police, Redeemer to host memorial services

Members of the Biloxi Police Department will conduct their Fallen Officer Memorial Service on Wednesday at 10 a.m. on the front steps of the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center, and the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will pay respects to fallen officers from along the Coast in a ceremony Sunday afternoon.

Both ceremonies are open to the public. The Lopez-Quave center is at 170 Porter Ave., two blocks north of the Biloxi Lighthouse.

During the Biloxi Police ceremony, officers will honor Lt. Michael Meaut, Officer Emory Wilson, Officer David Higginbotham and Animal Control Officer Nathan Mitchel, four Biloxi police officers who died while on duty.

Meantime, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will host its annual Police Service on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the former front beach site of the church, on U.S. 90 a block east of the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor.

The service will honor those offers who have died in the line of duty from departments along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Redeemer has hosted the poignant affair for decades.

Said organizer Faye Jones: “We have white crosses on the property at the beach and as each name is read we place a red rose on the cross in memory of that officer. We encourage everyone to come out and hope that some family members would come also.”