US Army Award of Excellence Goes to Chattanooga Police

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) – As 2015 comes to a close, Chattanoogans look ahead to the new year, while remembering the tragic events of July 16th.
On Wednesday, an award presentation for those who performed so well to stop the terrorist attack on our military.

The U.S. Army Award of Excellence is given to civilians who go above and beyond the call of duty, and the US Army Recruiting station in Chattanooga made police chief Fred Fletcher the first recipient.

CAPTAIN PETER AHCHING, COMMANDER, CHATTANOOGA COMPANY "At the end of the year we wanted to close out 2015 on a very positive note …and then we recognize all the hard work that Chief Fletcher and all the rest of the officers are doing out there in the community."

CHIEF FRED FLETCHER, CHATTANOOGA POLICE DEPT. "We really value the opportunity to protect those who protect our country..and for them to recognize us publicly and to do this on behalf of my officers is a real priviledge and we thank them and look forward to working with them ..helping them keep their soldiers and their employees safe."

Chattanooga officers responded quickly to both the recruiting center on Lee Highway, which was sprayed with bullets by Muhammad Abdulazeez, and then Naval training center where fatally wounded 4 Marines and a sailor.

CAPTAIN PETER AHCHING "The Chattanooga terrorist attack plays a big role ..Chief Fletcher’s role in making sure the threat was eliminated on that day."

The names of those police officers are on the award presented to the chief.
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CHIEF FLETCHER "The names you see on here..those men would tell you that they don’t like being singled-out because they did what other officers do every single day…including that day on July 16th."

The recruiters are also coming to terms with July 16th.

SFC. ROBERT DODGE , US ARMY RECRUITING "Although we can never forget that day, we are resiliant …you know, we adapt to what the new normal is. As soldiers, we have a mission ..we come to work everyday to accomplish that mission."

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