While we honored fallen officers during the candlelight vigil in Washington D.C. yesterday, we learned of yet another hero that gave his life in the line of duty.

In Memoriam: Constable Houston “Hoot” West

Sheriff Mike Arledge of the Lowndes County Sheriff Department in Mississippi sadly reports the death
of Constable Willie Houston “Hoot” West of the Lowndes County Constables Office-Precinct 1.

Constable West was 81 years old. (odmp.org)

Constable West, 81, died as a result of injuries he sustained in single vehicle crash.

Constable West was performing his normal job, on his way to serve civil papers. While he was driving
around a curve in the road, his patrol vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.

Constable West was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center where he remained in the
intensive care unit until his condition deteriorated and he succumbed to his injuries three days later.

 

Constable West served as the elected Constable in Lowndes County-Precinct 1 for forty-eight years and
was serving in his 13th consecutive term. 

He had previously served the Columbus Police Department and the Lowndes County Sheriff Department. His law enforcement career spanned fifty two years. He is survived by his son, two daughters, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, mother, brother and two sisters. West was 81 years old.

Constable Houston West is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Rest in peace, brother. You will be remembered each and every day by the law enforcement community. Your sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. 

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