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Scholarships given in honor of fallen officers

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Eight officers have died in the line of duty in DeSoto County over the last century. Eight officers have died in the line of duty in DeSoto County over the last century.
Each year, the community honors their sacrifice with a large ceremony for their families left behind. Each year, the community honors their sacrifice with a large ceremony for their families left behind.
HERNANDO, MS -

(WMC) - The square in Hernando, Miss. was filled with law enforcement members from all across the Mid-South to honor their fallen brothers on Friday.

Eight officers have died in the line of duty in DeSoto County over the last century. Each year, the community honors their sacrifices with a large ceremony for the families left behind.

DeSoto County sheriff's deputy Larry Cox was killed in the line of duty in 1970. His older sister, Nancy Sawyer, still feels the pain more than 40 years later.

"I sit here, and I see his face, and I just wonder why," she said.

Cox was murdered during a traffic stop. He was shot multiple times.

"They put their lives on the line every time that phone rings, every time there's a call, there's a chance they won't come home," said Sawyer.

Scholarships are given to eight students at Northwest Community College in memory of each of the officers. Savannah Jeno is receiving a scholarship in Cox's honor and hopes to follow in his footsteps into law enforcement.

With eight names on the fallen officer's memorial wall, people in Hernando hope no new names ever have to be added to it.

Savannah Jeno wants to follow in her step-dad's footsteps; he served with Tennessee Highway Patrol. Jeno is studying criminal justice and was given a scholarship in Cox's honor.

Sawyer met Jeno at Friday's ceremony. She is happy to see her brother's legacy live on through others who want to serve.

"He always said that when he died, he wanted to die with his boots on. And that's exactly what happened to him," said Sawyer.

A total of eight scholarships were given out to students in memory of each officer honored Friday. Below is complete list of those scholarship recipients:

- Sheriff William P. Harris Scholarship: Mary Catherine Trollinger of Olive Branch

- Constable Robert Dodson Scholarship: Teranee Bonner of Southaven

- Deputy Sheriff Larry Cox Scholarship: Savannah Jeno of Southaven

- Patrolman Rory Welch Key Scholarship: Alexis Shannon of Hernando

- Deputy Sheriff Larkin V. Pettit Scholarship: Larry Clark of Olive Branch

- Lieutenant James Lance Jr. Scholarship: Morgan Davis of Olive Branch

- Trooper Bobby Wells Jr. Scholarship Taylor Lawson of Hernando

- Lieutenant Gregory Floyd Medlin Scholarship: Derek Metcalf of Hernando

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