Dear Editor,

It happened so long ago, that most folks of this generation haven’t heard. A Gulf County Deputy Sherriff was brutally murdered while performing his duties. The date was May 10, 1950, and the Deputy was my Grandfather Moses A. Hill.

Recently, his name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. There were ceremonies that included a candlelight vigil where all the names of officers that were added this year, are called out signifying their “End of Watch.”

You see it happened so long ago, it didn’t seem to matter to most folk. Not that they didn’t care, but 67 years is a long time ago. Well, it mattered to Sherriff Harrison. He was instrumental in following through with the people at the NLEO Memorial, and other various organizations to insure Granddaddy’s story is told and his sacrifice honored.

So along with the family members of Granddaddy, Sherriff Mike Harrison and his Deputy, Lt. Tim Wood made the long trip to Washington DC, stood in the light cold rain and retold Granddaddy’s story. This was the first time I had met Mike Harrison and right off you can tell he has a servant’s heart. He was compassionate and sincere in insuring that the family of Moses Hill had the support they needed to remember, grieve, and finally close this chapter of family history.

I can’t say enough about how lucky the People of Gulf County are to have a public servant like Mike Harrison.

Thank You Sheriff Mike and Lt. Tim and Thank You Gulf County…

Edward Hill, Carl Hill & The Hill family