Police Memorial Week: Jackson County service set for Thursday

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Jackson County will be observing Police Memorial Week in the county’s traditional placing of the wreaths on the graves of fallen officers this Thursday, May 16th at 2 p.m.

Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department will simultaneously place wreaths at the appropriate cemeteries for the following fallen heroes:

  • In Ocean Springs, they’ll be honoring Sergeant Ernest Beaugez.
  • In Pascagoula, the late Police Officer Jeffrey Rughheimer will be remembered alongside Pascagoula Police Major Nathanial Smith.
  • National Park Service Ranger Robert McGhee will be honored, along with Jackson County Sheriff’s Deputy Bruce Evans.
  • In Moss Point, Police Officer Larry Lee will be honored.
  • In Pascagoula, Officer Terry Michael Byrd will be remembered.
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The sheriff’s department honor guard will perform a ceremony at Officer Beaugez’s grave site at Bellande Cemetery in Ocean Springs as other deputies spread throughout the county will place flowers at other grave sites at the same time.