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Capt. John Wayne Haddock
 
By GALEN  HOLLEY
Staff Writer

  More than 250 people turned out Friday as the City of Grenada unveiled markers commemorating the sacrifice of a police officer.
  Shortly after 10 a.m., officers pulled away covers on signs that designated the intersection of Hwy. 8 West and I-55 as the John Wayne Haddock Memorial Interchange.
  Haddock, a 21-year veteran and captain on the force, was hit and killed one year ago while putting down road spikes to stop fleeing perpetrators in a high-speed car chase.
  Haddock’s family was on-hand, along with dignitaries, Grenada citizens and law enforcement from throughout northern Mississippi.
   “There’s no telling what or whom he saved by his actions. Those people could have sped on past and caused terrible damage,” said Capt. Billy McClurg, a state trooper with Troop D out of Greenwood.
   Haddock, 50, was the first Grenada peace officer killed in the line of duty.
   “I knew him since I was in the eighth grade. He used to pick me up from school,” said now grown Billy Rutland, Haddock’s next door neighbor.

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