Late deputy’s name set for memorial wall Wife headed to D.C. for ceremony

Published 11:35 am Friday, May 6, 2011

The wife of Warren County deputy David Lambert, who died as a result of a wreck while he was on a call, will travel next week to Washington, D.C., for a ceremony in which his name will be unveiled on a national memorial wall.

Annette Lambert will travel May 13 to the nation’s capital to participate in the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony and to hear an address by President Barack Obama. The activities are part of National Police Week, which begins May 15.

“When I sit down and think about it, I’m overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and love from my Vicksburg family and the (Warren County) sheriff’s office,” Annette Lambert said. “I don’t have the vocabulary to tell you what an honor it is. It was an honor to be David’s wife. Everyone has been so gracious.”

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Lambert, 38 and a 15-year law enforcement veteran, died July 20 of complications after a car wreck a month earlier at U.S. 61 North and Oak Ridge Road.

To usher in National Police Week, retired police Sgt. Douglas Arp on Thursday will hand out more than 3,000 blue ribbons at Walmart and Kroger and at Fred’s Super Dollar Store and Lorelei Books, both downtown. Motorists are encouraged to fly the ribbons on car antennas.

“I’m still a cop at heart,” said Arp, the officer who organizes and participates in quirky crime-prevention stunts to bridge relationships between the public and law enforcement officers during National Night Out. Also on Thursday, Sheriff Martin Pace and Vicksburg Police Chief Walter Armstrong will head to Jackson for the 2011 Police Memorial and Appreciation Day

luncheon hosted by the Mississippi Center for Police and Sheriffs.

Warren County detective Stacey Rollison and Vicksburg police officer Wesley Jack Miller will each be presented with Top Cop awards.

While in D.C., Annette Lambert will participate May 13 in a 23rd annual candlelight vigil honoring fallen law enforcement officers.

On May 15, Obama will address the families of the fallen officers in the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol.

David Lambert worked for Reservoir Patrol in Brandon before signing on with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked for seven months before he died.

Earlier this year, Annette Lambert, who resides in Brandon, was presented a First Responders plaque by the Vicksburg chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the first such honor the chapter has awarded.