Saving a Hero’s Place in remembrance of Officer Robert McKeithen
This afternoon, members of the Gulf Coast community gathered at Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center for the presentation of an honor chair in remembrance of fallen Biloxi Office Robert McKeithen.
Over two years after the death of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen, a custom-built honor chair was donated to the Biloxi Public Department in honor of their brother in blue.
With the help of the Texas-based non-profit organization ‘Saving a Hero’s Place,’ and the Beau Rivage, the BPD and the entire Biloxi community now have a permanent place of reverence to remember Officer McKeithen. Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said, “We have pictures and you’ve seen them all over the department of Robert. Just about every area there’s a picture of Robert. But I think that this will have more of a meaning than just a picture. I mean, it’s a place where Robert would be sitting.”
Saving a Hero’s Place Co-Founder and Executive Director Tommy Capell said, “With the chair, it’s meant to save their place so that when officers come in, they see it– it’s kinda hard, as you can see, to just walk past it. So, we hope that officers– new officers that come in will ask what is this? And current officers will say oh this is a chair for McKeithen. It will continue his legacy basically and it won’t disappear over time.”
Since the organization’s inception in 2013, the non-profit has now honored 171 heroes in 20 states, all of which were nominated by family, friends, or departments.
The Beau Rivage was the first business from any community to reach out independently and nominate a local law enforcement officer. “Well at one time I didn’t know how much that meant until the last few years and I’ve seen what kind of support other agencies have in their communities and some places it’s not very good. So, we’re just overjoyed that the Beau Rivage would think of us.”
Tuesday, Saving a Hero’s Place also delivered a chair to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department in honor of Lt. Michael Boutte, who was recently killed in the line of duty back in February.