Full Story on Officer Deen’s Wake

American Flags and blue ribbons line the streets of Hattiesburg as a family embraces hugs from a community still in shock over the deaths of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate.
Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel was overcome with emotion at Officer Deen’s wake. Today he recalls a man who would go above and beyond for anyone, “He’d give you the shirt off his back. I heard the other day, and I didn’t realize this, but they said he never missed a day of work. I wish we had more like him.”
Until Saturday, the Hattiesburg Police Department had not lost an officer in 30 years. Officer Deen took his job to serve and protect to heart, in 2012 he was named “Officer of the Year” for saving a family from a burning house.
Lt. Allen Murray from the Hattiesburg Police Department, remembers him as a friend, “I was able to talk to him. Although he was always respectful, we were able to talk to each other man to man and officer to officer and there was never any tension and I’m just going to miss him.”
Lt. Murray won’t be the only one to miss Officer Deen, the husband and father of two children was a man the community won’t soon forget.

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