Henni Hamby is one of the many Tallahassee police officers that were trained by Dale Green. She will be in Washington D.C. for remembrance services this week, and is anxious to touch his name now etched in stone there.
"Actually going to the memorial and seeing his name on it is going to be very hard, but it's an honor to go and be there in his memory."
Lips still quiver and tears still fall. Florida’s remembrance service last week brought memories of that horrible night back. Police Chief Walt McNeil says the men and the women in blue are now keenly aware of their mortality and their reliance on each other.
"I see more camaraderie, there's more of a feeling of family, not just something we talk about. I've seen, given and received more hugs in the past six months than I have probably in 25 years of policing."
Green was shot and killed the night of November 13 as he responded to a home invasion robbery. The man accused of killing him, Coy Evans, is still awaiting trial.
Since the shooting, three Tallahassee police officers have left the force, pointing directly to Green's death.
"Now I'm sure there are others who were teeter-tottering and this is the thing that pushed them over the edge, but they won't come out and admit it. That's hard for some people to admit they're scared."
But as Green's death may have convinced some officers to pursue new careers, the chief says it has strengthened the resolve of others who want to serve, including 565 new
Six months after Sgt. Dale Green met his maker outside a town home on Melody Circle, the nation is pausing to recognize his sacrifice.
"I think it's put a light in everybody, saying, hey, this is what we do and it could happen to any one of us at any given time. Unfortunately, it happened to Dale."
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