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John Martin Harris

May 9, 1977 ~ May 28, 2021 (age 44)

Obituary

John Martin Harris, 44, was killed in the act of service on Friday, May, 28, 2021.  Visitation will be Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 12:00 noon followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm all at Broadmoor Baptist Church.  Interment will be in Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery.

A native of Clarksdale, John had lived in Madison since 2004.  Since childhood, all John ever wanted was to be a policeman.  He began his law enforcement career in 1997 in Webb, MS, he then served in Friars Point where he earned his first Purple Heart.  Next, he served with Madison County Sherriff’s Office where he earned another Purple Heart and then he served in Richland Police Department.  In 2018 he achieved the dream of his life when he graduated Cadet Class #62 and became a Mississippi Highway Patrolman.

John received many awards and commendations during his career, they include:

USPCA Regional K9 Patrol and Narcotics Trials (2016)
2nd Place Overall Commendation
1st Place Narcotic Teams Commendation
2nd Place Outdoor Narcotic Search Commendation
USPCA National Narcotic Detector K9 Trials (2015)
4th Place Overall Commendation
5th Place Outdoor Search
USPCA Regional K9 Patrol and Narcotic Trials (2015)
1st Place Patrol Teams Commendation
1st Place Criminal Apprehension Commendation
K-9 Nero Award
USPCA Regional K9 Patrol and Narcotic Trials (2013)
3rd Place Overall Commendation
1st Place Patrol Teams Commendation
3rd Place Evidence Search Commendation
3rd Place Criminal Apprehension Commendation
5th Place Overall Narcotics Commendation
Letter of Appreciation, Mississippi Commissioner of Public Safety (2010)
State of Mississippi Buckle for Life Commendation (2010)
Top Cop, State of Mississippi Commendation (2009)
Letter of Appreciation, Mississippi Department of Public Safety (2009)
State of Mississippi Buckle for Life Commendation (2008)
Employee of the Quarter Commendation (2007)
State of Mississippi Buckle for Life Commendation (2007)
State of Mississippi Buckle for Life Commendation (2006)
Ted Hirsch Memorial Award (2006)
USPCA K9 Patrol and Narcotic Trials (2006)
3rd Place Overall Commendation
1st Place Patrol Teams Commendation
2nd Place Criminal Apprehension Commendation
3rd Place Article Search Commendation
3rd Place Agility Commendation
State of Mississippi 100 Club DUI Commendation (2005)
Mississippi's Child Passenger Safety Program Commendation (2005)
Purple Heart Commendation (2004)
Employee of the Quarter Commendation (2004)
Certificate of Commendation for Meritorious Service (2003)
Certificate of Appreciation for Meritorious Service (2003)
Purple Heart Commendation (2002)
Silver Star for Bravery Commendation, the highest award a law enforcement officer and achieve (2002)
The Chain of Life Certificate of Appreciation (2002)
Letter of Appreciation, Mississippi Public Service Commission (2002)
Letter of Appreciation, Mississippi Department of Corrections (2000)
Above & Beyond the Call of Duty Commendation (1998)
Pistol Expert Commendation (1996 – 2017)

Survivors include: wife, Kate Parker Harris of Madison; children, Parker and Cooper; parents, Jean and Jimmy Harris of Clarksdale; brothers, Andy Harris (Jeanie) of Dallas, TX and Lee Harris (Brooke) of Oxford; mother and father-in-law, Cynthia and Barry Parker of Canton; sister-in-law, Melissa Adams (Trestan) of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; brother-in-law, Rob Parker (Chandler) of Canton; 3 nephews and one niece.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Troopers Association Scholarship Fund: checks made payable to The MS State Troopers Disaster Relief Fund, include John Harris on memo line.

MS State Troopers Association

P O Box 22871

Jackson, MS 39225

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
June 1, 2021

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Broadmoor Baptist Church
1531 Highland Colony Parkway
Madison, MS 39110

Funeral Service
Tuesday
June 1, 2021

2:00 PM
Broadmoor Baptist Church
1531 Highland Colony Parkway
Madison, MS 39110

Interment
Tuesday
June 1, 2021

3:00 PM
Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery
759 US-51
Madison, MS 39110

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