Remembering fallen Hancock County Deputy Lt. Michael Boutte

Lt. Michael Boutte was laid to rest today and hundreds attended his visitation to honor the fallen Hancock County deputy.

“All units be advised; central dispatch has lost contact with Hancock 53.” That was the dispatcher’s last call for Deputy Lt. Michael Boutte.  It was played at the funeral with silence following the call, confirming we have lost a hero on the Coast in the line of duty.

Family, friends, and law enforcement agencies from across South Mississippi turned out to honor Boutte who dedicated more than 20 years of his life to protecting others.

The visitation and funeral were heart-wrenching. Governor Tate Reeves said, “We honored a great man today that left this Earth way too early.”

Local law enforcement officials filed into pay their respects to one of their own. Miguel Monico traveled from Oregon. He worked with Lt. Boutte during his time in Washington State at the Federal Way Police Department. “When I heard that my friend, my brother, had been lost forever, it was like losing a family member.”

Mississippi Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sean Tindell said, “You can tell how great of a man he was just by the showing of support that was here today.”

That support including the Patriot Guard Riders. Patriot Guard Riders Assistant State Captain Bob Harwood said, “Many people that knew him and worked with him and talked about the type of officer he was just makes it more meaningful that we honor him.”

Between the speeches, tears, and salutes, the memories of Lt. Michael Boutte will carry on as one Coast mourns in unity over Hancock 53.

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