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04-02-09, 10:10 AM #1
Courage; Officer Justin Garner, Carthage NC Police
He saw it happening and did something about it. It took a lot of steel to do it. I proudly present to you one officer who can forever claim to have made a difference.
Profile of N.C. officer who ended violent rampageBy Estes Thompson
CARTHAGE, N.C. — Justin Garner turned down a chance to join the state highway patrol so he could stay on his small hometown's police force. In just five years, he'd already been named Officer of the Year. And when a call came in that a gunman was shooting up a nursing home, Garner was the only one on duty when seemingly everyone else in this town of 1,800 was at church.
The clean-cut outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing raced to the Pinelake Health and Rehab Center. Armed with a .40-caliber Glock pistol, he entered the building to confront Robert Stewart, 45, in the hallway. Garner fired his weapon once, hitting Stewart in the chest, even though Garner had already been shot three times in his foot and leg.
A day later, Garner was being praised as a hero in this small town in North Carolina's Sandhills region, about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh, for forging into the nursing home without waiting for backup to stop a man authorities say shot and killed eight people - many of them elderly and frail - inside.
"If that's not heroism, I don't know what is," said Police Chief Chris McKenzie, who later added: "You can train all you want to, but it comes down to whether you have what it takes."
Garner, 25, grew up in the Carthage area like most of the town's 18-officer police force, said McKenzie, who's also a native. Garner, who is married, has been on the force for less than five years but already has been honored as the town's Officer of the Year.
At one point, though, Garner nearly joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol before ultimately deciding to stay in Carthage, said the Rev. Tom Herndon, the chaplain for the police and fire departments. Herndon, who also is pastor of First Baptist Church of Carthage, described Garner as "a real clean-cut, handsome young fellow" who is fair to the people he serves.
"He's one of the individuals who will give you a break if you happen to be speeding one mile an hour over the speed limit," Herndon said, adding that his wife once received a warning from Garner though he didn't know who she was.
McKenzie said Garner hunts and fishes whenever he gets the chance, and that he's not surprised the officer stayed close to home.
"You don't find too many country boys heading to the city (to become police)," McKenzie said. "They stay here to take care of their own."
Seven nursing home residents and one of their caretakers were killed and three others, including Garner, were wounded. Stewart was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.
McKenzie said Garner isn't yet ready to speak publicly about the shootings.
"He wants to sit at home with his family and rest. He almost died yesterday," McKenzie said.
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04-02-09, 10:25 AM #2
He is a true hero.
04-02-09, 10:32 AM #3
Awesome job!!!!!!!!!Swamp Mafia
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04-02-09, 10:44 AM #4
We all face the spector of the ulitimate confrontation. It's what you train and mentally prepare yourself your whole career for , to use controlled aggression to save lifes.Good job young man. I hope you have a fast and full recovery from your injuries , both physically and mentally allowing you to return to full duty ,if that is your wish. If your decision is to get out of law enforcement go with no regrets and peace of mind knowing that on one Sunday in March 2009 you did all you could do and a hell of a lot more than most people would have done thereby earning forever the title of LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
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04-02-09, 12:32 PM #5
Bravo!Never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way" ~Martin Luther King, Jr
04-02-09, 12:41 PM #6
He did great work. Hope he recovers quickly.
04-02-09, 01:22 PM #7
He went in alone!? You know...sometimes we just have to do what we have to do. Bravo young man. All that and you live to fight another day. Well done.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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04-02-09, 01:42 PM #8
I'll buy Officer Garner the first round, and second round. Great job, Sir!
04-02-09, 01:58 PM #9
I saw this on the news and thought, man what a hero!
My dad, I miss him every day.
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04-02-09, 05:28 PM #10
04-02-09, 06:21 PM #11
Excellent job sir, my hats off to you!!!"An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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04-02-09, 06:22 PM #12
That's fantastic.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
"The Wicked Flee When No Man Pursueth: But The Righteous Are Bold As A Lion".
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04-02-09, 06:50 PM #13
A fine tribute to a true hero. All the best for a speedy recovery.Be kind, be courteous . . .
and have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
04-02-09, 08:37 PM #14
Good job for him taking decisive action!CHIRP! CHIRP!
04-02-09, 09:05 PM #15
The man is a true police officer and a real hero. God bless him.When I used to be somebody (I'm center top)
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04-03-09, 12:32 AM #16
I stand in awe of people like Officer Garner. He IS the definition of a hero.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
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04-06-09, 03:50 PM #18
Thank you, Officer Garner. May you be blessed in all you do and may you quickly recover from your injuries.http://www.odmp.org/officer/16551-de...l-eron-shannon
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04-06-09, 07:05 PM #19
What can I say everything has been said already, Well done.
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04-06-09, 10:02 PM #20
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