Ocean Springs police honor fallen officer with wreath

Members of the Ocean Springs Police Department visited the Bellande Cemetery to observe National Police Memorial Day.

They placed a wreath at the grave of former Sgt. Ernest Beaugez who was killed in action.

In 1954, Sgt. Beaugez was shot and killed near Orange Grove by a suspect who had fled parole in California.

Beaugez then arrested the suspect, but was overpowered, disarmed, and kidnapped by the suspect as he was putting him in the jail cell.

Beaugez was found dead a few hours later, shot with his own gun.

Beaugez was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War and served with the Ocean Springs Police Department for two years.

The police department continues this tradition every year to keep the memory of Beaugez alive and to honor the sacrifice he made. Ocean Springs Police Department Chief Mark Dunston said, “Well we don’t want anyone to ever forget him, that’s for sure. He lived in our community, he served our community and he was killed serving our community; and that deserves our respect and our honor forever. It maintains his memory – what he did for this community, and it is our role to remember that and to serve him in that way.”

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department also placed wreaths on fallen officer graves today.

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