A Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent who was killed in February while on duty in Tishomingo County will be among those honored during a May event in Biloxi.
The "Fallen Officer Memorial 5K" will get underway at the Town Green in Biloxi around 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14.
Memorial organizer Kristin Allen said it will pay tribute to some very special members of the law enforcement community.
"We will be honoring MBN Agent Lee Tartt, who was killed while on the job in Tishomingo County in February," Allen said.
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Tartt, who worked out of Grenada, was 44 when he was shot on Feb. 20 while assisting with a domestic situation that escalated into a standoff with members of law enforcement. Three other officers were shot and wounded during the standoff.
Charles Lee Lambert, 45, was arrested in connection with the shootings.
Allen said two of the three officers who survived the shooting will be the guests of honor at the ceremony.
"We are so happy to have Trea Staples and DeAndre Dixon joining us for the memorial," Allen said. "Trea and Andre were shot, along with Bubba Hollifield, when Lee Tartt was killed."
She said the memorial will feature vendors, activities for children and a 5K run. The race will begin at 6 p.m.
"There are so many law enforcement people who are killed while on duty," Allen said. "My goal is to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community and to let them know how much we support them and what they do."
The race, she said, will be a special way for people to remember fallen officers.
"A lot of people can't go to DC and other places where they have ceremonies for fallen officers, so in the race, anyone can run in the name of a member of law enforcement who has died," Allen said. "They will carry a flag with their loved one's name on it in the race."
The memorial is an extension of Allen's Mississippi Gulf Coast Blue Team, which promotes a partnership between all first responders and the community. It also provides assistance for first responders and their families.
For more information, email Allen at email@example.com.