E Pluribus Unum (Out of the Many, One”)
This is the Tenth Anniversary of the shooting death of Pelham Police Officer Philip Davis.
They tell me that there is one agency that understands the pain and that is the “Pelham Police Department.”
And we are grateful for our police officers and the ways they protect and serve our communities.
But there is more to this Anniversary Day than the tragic death of Officer Davis on I-65.
The call that came in over the wire was two dreaded words: “OFFICER DOWN!”
The Pelham Fire Department also heard the call, and jumped in their truck and sped to the scene.
With them was Wes Green, a firefighter who had 15+years experience as a paramedic.
The Firefighters arrived first at the scene and saw Officer Davis stretched out across the shoulder of the Interstate, bleeding profusely.
Officer Green discovered the entry point of the bullet that killed Officer Davis.
A trucker pulled over and knelt down to pray.
The Pelham firefighters stayed by Officer Davis until police cars began to gather.
When the police arrived, both departments began to work together as One.
So, the other side of this Day of Remembering is the inspiration shown by the firefighters and the police officers as they worked together.
The old motto of America adopted by the Founding Fathers is E Pluribus Unum.
We honor this band of brothers, and what happened ten years ago in Pelham on I-65 . . . “out of the many, one!”
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