Jackson County

Officers pay tribute to fallen comrades

Law enforcement officers, family and friends of Pascagoula motorcade Officer Terry Micheal Byrd gathered at his gravesite this afternoon to pay tribute to the officer killed in the line of duty.

Byrd is the son of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd and his wife, Terry. The younger Byrd died in a motorcycle accident on March 26, 2006, in Pascagoula, at the age of 26.

Law enforcement officials simultaneously placed wreaths at the gravesites of fallen offices from Jackson County at 2 p.m. today as part of Police Appreciation Week and National Police Memorial Week.

Byrd was among seven Jackson County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty since 1954.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Friday's edition.