Funeral service for two fallen Bay St. Louis police officers

It was a somber day for South Mississippi today as fallen police officers Sgt. Steven Robin and Officer Branden Estorffe were laid to rest.

An overflowing crowd gathered to pay their respects for 34-year-old Sgt. Steven Robin and 23-year-old Officer Branden Estorffee, who were killed in the line of duty while responding to a call for a wellness check.

With Christmas just four days away, the families of the fallen officers and the community are trying to find happiness in a time of darkness. Governor Tate Reeves said, “Thank you to Sgt. Robin and Officer Estorffe and to our entire law enforcement community, those of you who put on the uniform carry the weight of our entire state on your shoulders.”

Police Chief Toby Schwartz paid tribute to Sgt. Robin who joined Bay St. Louis PD in 2019, but worked for Waveland PD and Hancock County Sheriff’s Department prior to joining Bay St. Louis. “When speaking with Steven’s family, his fellow officers, and the community he touched, they will tell you he was much more than an outstanding police officer holding up his oath to protect you and me.”

State Representative Brent Anderson spoke on behalf of the Estorffe family and talked about how wide-eyed and eager Officer Estorffe was when he began his career with the police department in July 2021. “Branden wanted to work for Bay St. Louis PD. He asked if I could make a call and put in a good word for him. I called Chief Ponthieux and sure enough, he had an opening.”

Police departments and officer organizations from all over the country came to not only say their goodbyes, but lend a hand to the family and the Bay St. Louis Police Department during this difficult time.

The New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association was one of those organizations. They set up a food truck, provided snacks, coffee, and hot dogs. Matt Rogers with New Jersey State PBA said, “We are all members of the New Jersey State PBA. This trailer and the truck here have been all over the country, as far as west Colorado. Once we saw this story down here in Mississippi, we had to come down to do our part and try to bring whatever relief we have to both the law enforcement members represented here and the community.”

While the families will continue to mourn, their light will forever shine.

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