Gulfport police to honor former chief killed on duty 100 years ago | Community Spirit
Former Gulfport Police Chief Charles Dickey, who was killed on duty, will be honored on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
Monday, January 21, 2013 marks the 100 year anniversary of Dickey's death. Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford said Dickey was searching for a burglar inside a business at the intersection of 26th Avenue and 13th Street in Gulfport when he was killed.
"The day of Chief Dickey's death, shows his bravery. It brings to reality his willingness to put his life in danger to protect others. His story should be available for others to see, read and remember for all time," Weatherford said.
He was 36-years-old and left behind four children and his wife. Before his death, he was Chief of Police just over two years and was elected on December 13, 1910.
"Though a hundred years passed, the death of Chief Charles Dickey is still remembered by the men and women of the Gulfport Police Department. We will continue to honor the heroism of those officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to maintain law and order for the citizens they serve," Weatherford said.
On Tuesday, a photograph of Dickey will be put on display permanently. In addition to the photograph, there will be details of the events leading up to his death.