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Peace Officers Memorial Day ceremony set for Friday

Sheriff Ricky Jones and Mount Vernon and Franklin County law enforcement members will observe Peace Officers Memorial Day with a ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, May 15.

The group will conduct a short ceremony and lay a wreath at the local memorial in front of the Law Enforcement Center at 208 U.S. Hwy. 37 in Mount Vernon. Franklin County has lost three officers in the line of duty, including Deputy Sheriff Robert Morgan in 1879, Pct. 3 Constable, William Tedder in 1892, and Chief Deputy and former sheriff Bobby Max Biggerstaff in 1993. For more information about each of these officers, see the May 14 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald.