Dalton Police Honor Fallen Officers

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 5/14/2013 7:10 pm
Tuesday was a solemn day and a solemn reminder of those police officers who clocked in, but never got the chance to clock back out, much like Dalton Police Officer, Maurice Phillips Senior.

Rich Phillips, Maurice's son, says, "It's bitter sweet. There is the joy of celebration, but also the heartache of losing dad and all those years without him."

Rich lost his father on Christmas Day back in 1956.

He was accidentally shot in the chest by a fellow officer during a training session.

Rich adds, "Dad had a lot of honor in the police department and Dalton. He would be proud today."

He says Maurice would be proud of the honor now bestowed upon him, as part of National Police Week.

Dalton Police Chief, Jason Parker, says, "It was our department's way of saying thanks to our current officers and to officers who have fallen in the past, both in our department and nationwide."

In 2012, more than 120 officers nationwide made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of others.

Chief Parker adds, "It's always a local officer who responds, so I think it's helpful for the members in our community to meet our officers face to face, and this is very fitting."

Fitting message, fitting music.

Luckily, the Dalton Police Department hasn't seen a tragedy in the last 56 years.

Chief Parker says, "The training is getting much better, the equipment is getting much better."

Police officials hope to keep it that way to ensure everyone gets to come home to their family at the end of the day.

Phillips was working for the Dalton Police Department for eight years before he was accidentally killed.

National Police Week has been observed since 1962.
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