Former Cleveland Police Officer Justin Maples Remembered One Year Later

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 5/20/2013 7:05 pm
One of Justin Maples son's, says, "That's my dad."

To Justin Maples' three children, this is dad.

To the Cleveland community, this is a man of integrity who laid down his life for neighbors exactly one year ago.

Barry Maples, Justin's Father, says, "We'd just like to express our appreciation and gratitude to the police department and to everyone who had a part in getting through this year."

May 20th, 2012, Maples was in the process of backing up a Bradley County deputy when he hit a utility pole.

Since then, it's been a year of extra hugs and kisses.

Barry Maples adds, "Without them it would have been very difficult and they were always there for us and did what they could to make life a little better."

Life was made better by a group called Cleveland 100.

They provided some financial support and a memorial wall.

It serves as a place for meditation and reflection.

Cleveland Mayor Tom Roland, says, "The name will be there anytime anyone wants to be there to remember Justin and the other names on the wall as well."

Other local first responders were honored as well.

Maples family says Justin would have like that because he was never one for the limelight.

Barry Maples adds, "He just enjoyed doing his job and he did it quite well and didn't want praise and honor given unto him. He preferred that given to other people."

The Maples family just got back from Washington DC.

Justin's name was recently etched into a national police memorial.
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