05/17/2013

After 60 years, officer's sacrifice etched in stone

Beach officer's line of duty death occurred on segregated beach in 1953; Officer Hezekiah Little, Jr.'s name now added to local and national police memorials

By Sarah Hutchins
The Virginian-Pilot

VIRGINIA BEACH — Ernest Little stood at the Boardwalk and 35th Street on Wednesday, eyes trained on a 19-foot bronze-and-granite monument now bearing his father's name.
It was a somber "Thank you" nearly six decades in the making.

Officers stood at attention as the Police Honor Guard presented wreaths of red, white and blue. They were there to remember every Virginia Beach law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, said Jake Jacocks, former police chief here and president of the Virginia Beach Police Foundation.

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