Recognizing First Responders

Posted on: October 28, 2021

The Nahoula Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have partnered with the Veteran’s Memorial Museum in Laurel to celebrate National First Responders Day today by serving donuts, juice and coffee to all first responders including all active and retired law enforcement officials, fire fighters, EMT/paramedics, dispatchers, hospital staff members, power company staff members, National guard members, and veterans. The event was held from 8:00 a.m until 10:00 a.m.

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Posted on: October 27, 2021

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Cobbins named Firefighter of the Year

Posted on: October 25, 2021

On Friday, October 22, at 11:00 a.m. members of the Laurel Fire Department gathered at the department’s training center to celebrate the contributions of Laurel native and  14-year veteran Jermaine Cobbins by recognizing him as the department’s Firefighter of the Year.

Cobbins was voted Firefighter of the Year by his peers in the Laurel Fire Department and was rewarded during the luncheon event with a plaque and $500.00 sponsored by State Farm Agent Brian Guinn.

The event marked the return of the Firefighter of the Year program which had been discontinued 14 or 15 years ago. “I felt like we should have never dropped it,” Laurel Fire Chief Leo Brown said. “It was something I wanted to start back if I ever became chief.”

Now that he has, he plans to continue the program annually to honor the men and women of the department. “It is a great honor to vote for one of your own to be recognized,” he explained during the event on Friday.

During his remarks, Chief Brown praised Cobbins for his positive attitude and for never complaining no matter what task he was assigned.

“For your peers to have chosen you; we know how they feel about you,” Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said. “We appreciate your service to the city.”

Following Chief Brown and Mayor Magee’s remarks, Guinn presented the award to Cobbins who thanked his coworkers for choosing him to receive the honor.

Cobbins explained that many kids have a dream to be a doctor or a cop or a firefighter, but he was not that kid. Growing up, he didn’t know what he wanted to do; but he did know that he wanted to help people.

Later, as he was working as a lifeguard, he was able to save a person from drowning and he knew then that he wanted a job that would let him continue to have the satisfaction of helping people in their worst moments.  “I’m always looking for ways to give back,” he explained.

His mother, Reedia Cobbins, confirmed his story. “I give thanks to God,” she said. “I knew he was a great kid.” She explained that as he grew up, Jermaine always had some new idea for what he wanted to be and do to help the community. “We sat back and let Jermaine try whatever he wanted to try,” she said. “He has always had a goal for helping and serving.”

That experimentation is what ultimately led him to lifeguarding and a career in public service. While his mother said her heart “flutters for him every day” because she knows he is in a dangerous profession, she continues to pray. “I know who has him every day. I pray to God to keep you all covered,” she said.

Cobbins thanked the fire department for the honor and let them know that he will continue to do his job just like he has always done. “From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate it,” he said. “This is who I am and this (award) is just a bonus.” He also thanked Chief Brown and praised him for doing a great job with the department.

Cobbins lives in Laurel with his wife, Nicole, and their 12-year old son, Jermelle.

The Laurel Police Department celebrated five promotions and one job change

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On Monday October 25, at 10:00 a.m. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee, Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox and the friends and family members of six LPD officers met in the city council chambers to celebrate several staff promotions.

Corporal Michael Washington was promoted to Shift 4 Patrol Sergeant.

Corporal John Windsor was promoted to Shift 1 Patrol Sergeant.

Sergeant Mark Brewer was promoted to Shift 4 Patrol Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Michael Reeves was promoted to Captain over the Criminal Investigations Division, Narcotics, and Juvenile.

Additionally, Lieutenant Doug Dickerson was moved to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Laurel Police Department Receives Thank You from Grand Isle PD

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In a letter dated October 18, 2021 Grand Isle, Louisiana Chief of Police Scooter Resweber wrote to thank Laurel Police Chief Tommy Cox and his team for their recent donations. The letter read as follows:


RE: Letter of Appreciation

Dear Chief Tommy Cox,

Our entire department appreciates your efforts and the assistance Laurel Police Department has given our officers. It’s really commendable to see an agency from another state put forth such efforts for our department & community.

Please accept my sincere gratitude for the monetary gifts given throughout the Grand Isle Police Department.

Wishing all the best.


Scooter Resweber


The letter was in response to the Hurricane Ida relief efforts coordinated by the LPD and Laurel Fire Departments earlier this month. One such event was the Emergency Relief Drive held to support Grand Isle residents. The drive, held on October 1 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  allowed Laurel Walmart shoppers to make donations of cash or non-perishable items for distribution to those affected in August by Hurricane Ida.

October 28th Proclaimed First Responder Appreciation Day

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At 9 a.m. on Monday, October 25th, Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee signed a proclamation to declare October 28, 2021 First Responder Appreciation Day in the City of Laurel.

The proclamation read as follows:

Whereas, individuals, both career and volunteer, from 911 dispatchers, law enforcement, fire, emergency, medical services, search and rescue, dive and other organizations in the public safety sector, come together as first responders to protect and aid the public in the event of an emergency; and

Whereas, first responders provide the single most important role in keeping Laurel/Jones County safe; and

Whereas, first responders protect us and provide lifesaving care to those in need twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week – often placing themselves in harm’s way to do so; and

Whereas, first responders are a vital part of every community who maintain safety and order in times of crisis; and

Whereas, Laurel/Jones County is fortunate to have highly-trained, deeply committed men and women serving this community as first responders; and

Whereas, the City of Laurel wishes to express gratitude to our first responders for their dedicated service and in acknowledging their vital role in the quality of life for our citizens

Now, therefore, I, Johnny Magee, Mayor of the City of Laurel, Mississippi, do hereby proclaim October 28, 2021 First Responder Appreciation Day in the City of Laurel, and encourage the community to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

In observance of First Responders Appreciation Day, the Nahoula Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Veteran’s Memorial Museum in Laurel will host a reception at the Veteran’s Memorial Museum at 920 Hillcrest Drive in Laurel on Thursday, October 28th from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

The event will feature free donuts provided by Garcia’s Donuts as well as coffee and juice. The event is open to all active and retired law enforcement officials, fire fighters, EMT/paramedics, dispatchers, hospital staff members, power company staff members, National Guard members, and veterans.

It will be held as a drive-though event, although those who wish to tour the museum while they are there will be welcomed to do so. There will also be a drawing for a gift certificate to The Knight Butcher.

The proclamation and reception are part of a larger National First Responders Day that was established by the United States Senate in 2019 that designating each October 28th as National First Responders Day.

LPD to Take Old Meds on Saturday

Posted on: October 22, 2021

The Laurel Police Department will be accepting unused and expired medications on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

LPD Hosts Blood Drive

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The Laurel Police Department partnered with Vitalent Blood Services to host a blood drive in their parking lot on Friday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. The drive was part of the department’s monthlong Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign.

Temporary Road Closure on 3rd Avenue

Posted on: October 20, 2021

Repairs are being made in the city that will require 3rd Avenue between Kingston St. and 10th Street to be closed for the rest of the afternoon. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may cause.