Philadelphia and Choctaw fire departments pay tribute at the site of the fatal crash
Philadelphia and Choctaw fire departments pay tribute at the site of the fatal crash
Philadelphia Police Officer LeAnn Simpson was laid to rest Friday as law enforcement officials from around the county gathered to pay their respects.

She was loved and mourned by her friends and family, fellow law enforcement officers, her colleagues in the military and the Philadelphia Police Department, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and the Philadelphia-Neshoba County community as a whole.

People lined the streets and highways as her procession entered the city limits on Mississippi 19 following funeral services in the Tucker community.

The procession had motorcycle escorts from the Patriot Riders, the Meridian Police Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. She was escorted by friends, family and many fellow law officers from across the country who gathered to pay their last respects. One patrol car was from Cherokee, N.C.

The long procession passed through Philadelphia on the way to Isaac Cemetery in the Pearl River Community. Hundreds of people gathered at the cemetery for the final words, to pay respects and playing of Taps.

Simpson, 23, was responding to a call for help from Neshoba County Sheriff’s deputies when her patrol car hit a light pole and flipped several times near the Beacon Street Baptist Church, the authorities said.

As a law enforcement officer who died in the line of duty and a member of the Mississippi National Guard, Simpson received a full Military Honors. In addition to her service as a police officer, she served in the Mississippi National Guard 367th Maintenance Co. Members served as pallbearers.

During her service, she was promoted to the rank of sergeant and received to medals of service and honor. It was noted that she lived by the Warriors Ethos:

I will always place the mission first.

I will never accept defeat.

I will never quit.

I will never leave a fallen comrade.

Stephens Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements. Representatives estimated that 1,500 people or more came during her wake at the funeral home to pay final respects. A spokesman said representatives from at least 20 different law enforcement agencies visited during the wake and more came during the funeral service.

The funeral was held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tucker with Father Bob Goodyear preaching the Mass of Resurrection.

The coffin was opened and following the Mass, a long line of friends, family, military serviceman and women and law enforcement officers from across the state passed by to give their final respects.

Simpson’s badge number with the Philadelphia police department was 88. At the cemetery, she received the traditional Last Call over the police radio:

PD to PD 88

PD to PD 88

Philadelphia Police Department to PD 88

Last Call for PD 88.

PD 88 Officer LeAnn Simpson, we thank you for your dedication and for your service to the citizens of Philadelphia. You have touched many lives, and although you are gone, you will never be forgotten.

Rest in peace, our friend.

End of watch November 24, 2018, at 0212 hours

Philadelphia Police Department clear 13:38

 It was a moment few who were present will forget. There wasn’t a dry eye. Many wept.

“The last call brings things to a reality,” Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell said, noting that law enforcement officers always have their lives on the line.

“There is sadness. And when you saw all of the streets lined with people to give their final respects, it warmed the heart,” Waddell said.

“I have known her family and her for a long time. I had worked with her many times. She was a young officer was great promise and a good person,” Waddell said.