American Red Cross of Mid-South

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Mid-South Red Cross Participates in ‘Sea of Blue’ to Honor Fallen Police Officer Martoiya Lang

Robert W. Wallace,  December 20, 2012


Red Cross worker Parrish Wilson serves a steaming cup of hot chocolate to Desoto County, Mississippi, Officer Mike Cowan.

The Mid-South Chapter of the American Red Cross was on hand to provide canteen service to law enforcement officers who gathered to caravan as a “Sea of Blue” in honor of fallen police officer Martoiya Lang. Officer Lang was fatally shot on December 14th while serving a drug warrant in the Berclair area of Memphis. She is belived to be the first female Memphis police officer to have died in the line of duty. Lang, age 32, was the mother of four children.

“It was terrifically inspiring to see all the officers come together to honor a fallen comrade. Flashing blue lights always catch our attention, but today they have a very special meaning,” noted Red Cross worker Larry Reid.


Red Cross worker Ted Parrish welcomes officers and offers them a cup of hot coffee or chocolate. Additional Red Cross workers Larry Reed (black cap) and Parrish Wilson (in vehicle window) assisted in serving the officers.

On a cold December day 652 squad cars and numerous motorcycle units from Memphis and surrounding communities gathered for the event. Approximately 1000 law enforcement officers were involved, many of whom came to the Red Cross Emergency Vehicle to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. The officers traveled in a solemn procession with blue lights flashing from their gathering point in North Memphis to Hope Church in Cordova, Tennessee, where visitation and funeral services were held for Officer Lang.


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