Congressional Record Vol. 169, No. 82
(Senate - May 16, 2023) PDF

  Mrs. HYDE-SMITH. Mr. President, this week our Nation commemorates the 
2023 National Police Week and honors the brave men and women of law 
enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. 
As a nation, we will pay tribute to those who have given their lives to 
protect our communities and join in mourning their loss with their 
families and loved ones.

  As we recognize National Police Week and remember these fallen 
officers, we must acknowledge the critical role that law enforcement 
officers play in keeping our communities safe. They leave their homes 
and families every day not knowing if they will return. The amount of 
courage, dedication, and passion that demands cannot be overstated. It 
is important to remember, too, that their families also demonstrate 
exceptional courage, as they support their loved ones knowing the 
circumstances are sometimes life and death.

  My State of Mississippi is blessed with amazing law enforcement. 
These men and women in blue are not only hometown heroes, but also are 
an integral part of our communities. Every loss of an officer is deeply 
felt by all. I would like to specifically remember and honor the nine 
fallen officers from Mississippi whose names have been added to the 
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial this year. These officers 
died heroes in service to their communities, and we will forever be 
grateful for their sacrifice.

  We remember: Steven Michael Robin and Branden Paul Estorffe of the 
Bay St. Louis Police Department, who were shot and killed while 
conducting a welfare check, and Marzell Jerome Brooks of the Brookhaven 
Police Department, who passed from COVID-19 during the commission of 
his job duties.

  We remember: Myiesha Breanna Stewart of the Greenville Police 
Department, who was shot and killed during a vehicle pursuit of a 
suspect who fled the scene after a shooting; Lee Dan Vance, Jr., of the 
Hinds County Sheriff's Office who died after contracting COVID-19 
during an outbreak among employees and inmates; and Robert Edward Moak, 
Sr., of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, who was killed by a 
suspect who he had testified against in court.

  We remember: Kennis Winston Croom of the Meridian Police Department, 
who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call, 
and Jeffrey Ray Turney of the Pontotoc Police Department, who succumbed 
to COVID-19 after contracting the illness during the commission of his 
job duties.

  Lastly, we remember Johnny Raymond Patterson of the Verona Police 
Department, who was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic.

  To honor their memory, we must put our words into actions by ensuring 
our officers have the resources and tools they need to do their jobs 
safely and effectively. It is critical they have adequate support for 
training, equipment, and technology, as well as policies that 
prioritize officer safety and well-being.

  For my part, I will continue to be an advocate for law enforcement 
professionals and provide support where possible and do all I can to 
honor the legacy of those lost in the line of duty.

  I ask my colleagues to join me in remembering and honoring these 
brave officers in Mississippi and across the Nation during National 
Police Week and throughout the year. It is my prayer that their 
families and loved ones find comfort in knowing that their sacrifices 
will never be forgotten.