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Pineville officer honored 112 years after murder

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PINEVILLE (KALB News Channel 5) -- A Pineville Police officer is finally getting the recognition he deserves 112 years after being killed in the line of duty.

Hezekiah Reeves' family and the Pineville Police Department have been trying to get his name engraved on national and state law enforcement memorials. Next month, it will finally happen. 

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford has the story.

Buried somewhere in the Rapides Cemetery in Pineville lies the body of Pineville constable Hezekiah Reeves. His grave has long since been destroyed.

Reeves was shot by a man while on duty on December 14, 1901 while patrolling at a "colored coalition" in an old part of Pineville called "Red Hill." The suspect was never caught.

"Daddy always said he got gut shot," said Brenda Perry Mills, the great-great-niece of Reeves. "He made it back out of the area, but died 10 days later."

Sisters Brenda Perry Mills and Judy Perry Meredith are the great-great-nieces of Reeves. Law enforcement runs in their family.

"I first remember hearing it from daddy," said Mills. "It was just one of those things we grew up with."

It was about 10 years ago when two Alexandria police officers were shot and killed that the sisters first learned about getting fallen officers names engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. But, it was only recently that they began working with the Pineville Police Department to get it done.

"When we found out that his name hasn't been etched on the National Law Enforcement Memorial, that became the goal at the time," said Lt. Darrell Basco with the Pineville Police Department.

Last October, they submitted the paperwork. This month, the dream came true. Not only will his name be etched nationally, it will also be etched in the Louisiana memorial too.

"It was exciting to say the least," said Meredith. 

"We felt like we were able to go through the process and bring the recognition to the constable," said Lt. Basco. "Not only to him, but to his family who still live in Pineville to show them we appreciate the sacrifice he made for the city."

The family says the achievement is the least they could do to thank someone who gave so much to a city he loved.

"They do put their lives on the line everyday and every time they go on a call," said Mills. "The ones who have lost their lives in the line of duty need the special recognition."

Reeves' name will be added to the state law enforcement memorial on May 7, he will be recognized at a ceremony at the Rapides Parish Courthouse on May 9, and his name will be etched on the national memorial on May 15.

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