Deen, 34, was married to Robin and was the father of two children, Melah, 12, and Walker, 9. He was a canine officer and had previously been commended for his work in the Hattiesburg Police Department. According to The Clarion Ledger, Deen was named Hattiesburg Police Department Officer of the Year in 2012, and a spokesperson for the Deen family told The Los Angeles Times that the award was for rescuing a man from a burning building. The spokesperson, who asked not to be identified, told the LA Times:
The two things that really summed him up as far as a person, he didn’t go anywhere without his family, ever. The day before he went on shift and passed away, he had just been out with his son – they were out target shooting with each other – he was boasting, he was proud of his son. … He was honestly a friend to everyone he met, he loved serving his community, he loved being a cop...... from bustle.com
Hattiesburg, MS PO Benjamin J Deen, 34 Fundraiser
Officer Benjamin Deen was a K-9 officer who had been honored as the department's "Officer of the Year" in 2012.
There has not been an Officer in Hattiesburg die in the line of duty in 30 years.