Bay St. Louis community comes together to honor fallen officers

Local businesses and the community are coming together to show appreciation for Sgt. Steven Robin and Officer Brandon Estorffe.

Bay St. Louis Police Department had visitors throughout the day laying flowers and signs near a police car in front of their building as a way to show their respect to the two officers who were killed in the line of duty on Wednesday.

Diamondhead resident Anthony Depreo tells News 25 that to show his respect for the fallen officers, he is making car decals to be distributed along the Gulf Coast. This is his second time making them for a fallen officer.

The stickers are free and available at Diaz Brother’s Printing in Diamondhead. Depreo said, “I think everyone should try to do something whether it’s small like stickers or donating to their families or bringing flowers to the police department. Anything you can do to help honor and remember these men, it needs to be done.”

As the community continues to mourn, some businesses try to keep their memory alive. Chris Cockran with S&L Office Supplies and Printing said, “We are collecting donations trying to make an easy access point for people to come by and give donations which we pass along 100 percent to the family of the fallen officers.”

S&L Office Supplies is making yard signs with the names of the fallen officers. For anyone who makes a $10 or more donation to buy a yard sign will also get a free one. “I knew these officers somewhat. They responded to our needs in the evenings. We get a lot of traffic on this road. It’s just a tragedy. So, we’re just doing what we can.”

The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District has an account to accept donations for the fallen officers. Those wishing to make a donation to the families may mail or hand deliver donations to their office.

Checks are to be made payable to Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District and designate the fallen officer fund in the memo line of the check.

For those wishing to donate online go to smpdd.com.

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