Hattiesburg American Mournful notes of taps and muffled sobs of grief replaced the sharp crack of rifles firing the traditional 21-gun salute Wednesday before Wiggins Police Officer Edward Odell Fite was buried at Dixie Cemetery. Led by his widow, Kay Fite, the 48-year-old officer's family gathered for a final moment at his casket as friends and up to 300 law enforcement officers stood in silence, many with heads bowed. Odell Fite and fellow Wiggins Officer Brandon "Teddy" Breland, 23, died of bullet wounds Sunday night after responding to a 911 call on South First Street in Wiggins. "He's a hero," said his daughter, Sharon Pierce of Crystal Springs. "Nothing will ever change that." Breland was to be buried today in Sunflower Cemetery in Perkinston following services at Vardaman Street Baptist Church in Wiggins. Fite, a law enforcement veteran of more than 20 years, worked twice for the Wiggins Police Department, as a Lamar County sheriff's deputy and as a trucker. He also served about two years as New Augusta's police chief. Trusty inmates at the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility also honored Fite and Breland, sending a plant to each of their families. "Officer Fite went out of his way to speak and treat us as he asked to be treated," a message from 10 inmates to the Fite family read. "For those reasons, we, the administration inmates at S.C.R.C.F. send our prayers and best wishes to the Fite family." The gesture so touched the Rev. Bobby Holder, pastor of Dixie Baptist Church, that he talked about it during his sermon. "I was shocked when I found out the inmates gave up their cigarette money," he said. "I thought of the sacrifice that was to people who don't make good decisions in their lives. Yet they recognized the goodness of this man." Hundreds of law enforcement officials from Mississippi and across the South pay their respects during the funeral of Odell Fite. More than 50 police cars and motorcycles formed a motorcade from Wiggins to the Dixie Baptist Church for the funeral.