A year ago today, the Coast and City of Biloxi lost Officer Robert McKeithen in the line of duty.
Today, the Biloxi Police Department as well as the community are coming together to celebrate Officer McKeithen’s life and honor his hard work and dedication to serving the community.
At 10:07 p.m., one year ago, the Gulf Coast community suffered the loss of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, a 24 year veteran on the force. A loss McKeithen’s grandson, Delmas Cox, says will follow him for the rest of his life. “Almost every holiday he would bring me gifts, pretty much and he would come by the house and visit me on Easter and Christmas and all those kinds of holidays, but ever since this happened I don’t get to see him anymore.”
As a mark of the one year anniversary of McKeithen’s death, the Biloxi Police Department is celebrating and honoring their brother in blue throughout the week. Major Chris De Back said, “We placed his vehicle out here to honor him and for the public to stop by and pay their respects. We have different things going on. We have a video clip that’s playing around the clock for officers to view to kind of memorialize the good things about Bob.”
“It makes me sad, but seeing his car like this makes me happy and the way they painted it and put the decals all that on it. It’s overwhelming. He was a great grandfather and I was his only grandson and he loved me so much.”
An emotional Biloxi Mayor Andrew ‘FoFo’ Gilich presented the McKeithen family with a proclamation on May 5th. “Wherein McKeithen is remembered by his family, friends, brothers and sisters in the blue, and this community for his selfless dedication and bravery and his devotion to maintaining peace and safety in our community. Officer Robert McKeithen was a fine Biloxi police officer who is deeply missed. I, Andrew ‘Fofo’ Gilich, mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi, hereby recognize this service and honor and dedication and recognize the man, the husband, the father, the brother, and the public servant who Biloxi was proud to have. Thank you so much.”