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    Thumbs up Burning Mortgage for Slain Officer’s Family

    We often hear of the Officer Down stories here, and I wanted to share something that should make us all feel a bit better even after such a tragedy. I know several of the verifieds on here knew Phillip.

    Shelby County Reporter | City of Pelham celebrates by burning mortgage for slain officer?s family

    City of Pelham celebrates by burning mortgage for slain officer’s family

    By Austin Phillips (Contact) | Shelby County Reporter
    Published Sunday, April 11, 2010
    PELHAM — Dozens of law enforcement, firefighters, elected officials and members of the public gathered April 11 to celebrate paying off the mortgage of the home of slain Pelham Police officer Philip Davis.
    During a ceremony at the Pelham Civic Complex, members of the public heard from Davis’ widow, Paula, Mayor Don Murphy and Police Chief Tommy Thomas as the three thanked the community for helping to retire to mortgage.
    With the help of Fire Chief Danny Ray, Davis lit the mortgage and burned it, while also saying a few words to thank the public for their generosity.
    “It’s wonderful just to know that everyone is supporting us,” Davis said. “It’s just amazing.”
    Davis said she and the children are holding up fine, but she still thinks about Philip and all the other officers who risk their lives each and every day.
    “It’s a day-to-day battle, but we’re making it OK,” Davis said as she fought back tears. “Although Philip was my husband, every night that I go to bed, I still think about everyone in the department.
    “I consider them part of my family, and every night I go to bed I say prayers for you and your families because I know if you were in my situation, you would do the same for me,” she added.
    Prior to Davis speaking, Thomas also thanked everyone who helped put the effort together.
    With April 11 also marking what would have been officer Davis’ fifth anniversary with the Pelham Police Department, Thomas said he has been battling some feelings of bitterness, but that subsided as he saw how the community supported his fellow officers and Davis’ family.
    “The bitterness went away,” Thomas said. “I appreciate the whole community coming together.”
    Thomas said Davis was a phenomenal officer and the department benefited greatly from his service.
    “Police officer Philip Davis was a unique individual,” Thomas said. “Every time I say the name Philip Davis, a smile comes to my face.
    “You just had to know Philip, you just had to know him,” he added.
    Thomas said Davis, who also served as a crime scene investigator, was so detailed in his work and cared so much about his fellow officers.
    “Philip could have been anything he wanted to be, and I’m thankful he decided to become a police officer,” Thomas said. “He left his mark on our police department.”
    During the program, State Senator Hank Erwin also presented a resolution to Paula.
    The resolution was the first measure taken up when the legislature reconvened in February.
    Murphy closed out the ceremony by thanking everyone for their efforts, and letting Davis know that she will also be a member of the Pelham family.
    “How many ways do you say thank you?” Murphy said. “Everyone came together; our city came together.
    “And Paula, we’re not ever going to forget you, baby,” he added. “As long as we’re all still here, we’re never going to forget you.”
    In addition to the mortgage retirement effort, the city and Davis have also established a fund in the memory of officer Davis to help law enforcement families who lose a member in the line of duty.
    A golf tournament will be held April 29 at Ballantrae Golf Club to help benefit this effort. For more information, call Butch Byrd at Ballantrae at 620-4653.

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    That is wonderful. Thanks for sharing that, Five-0.




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    Beautiful story. May Officer Davis rest in peace.

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    And that's how it is supposed to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    And that's how it is supposed to be.

    Not according to one comment on there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    Not according to one comment on there.
    There is always someone with a deep seated personality disorder waiting in the wings to make those comments.

    They see it as their effort to right some wrong done to them by a police officer who should have been "out chasing real criminals" instead of giving them a DUI or speeding ticket.
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    God bless her and his family and the Pelham officers.

    Five-0 we know turds are going to be turds no matter what else they try to be...
    Job security...

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    Ha!!! I told you guys this was a conservative area. The Paper's Staff removed that comment I talked about.

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    That's great to hear!

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    That the people of Pelham understand the meaning of family so well must surely ease the rest of Officer Davis.

    Nothing but humble admiration all around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odd View Post
    That the people of Pelham understand the meaning of family so well must surely ease the rest of Officer Davis.

    Nothing but humble admiration all around.
    It was a undertaking in the whole county. I know of several agencies and communities that donated to the effort. Still it feels good to see the right thing done. The best part is that amount of the mortage payoff was exceeded. His wife didn't just take the extra, she is starting a foundation in case this ever happens again.

    Meanwhile, fishing in Russia:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkzV5AIK8iM
    "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that justifies it." -- Frederic Bastiat

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    The opinions given in my signatures & threads DO NOT reflect the opinions, views, policies, and/or procedures of my employing agency. They are my personal opinions only, thereby releasing my agency of any liability, or involvement in anything posted under the username "Five-0" on Officerresource.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five-0 View Post
    It was a undertaking in the whole county. I know of several agencies and communities that donated to the effort. Still it feels good to see the right thing done. The best part is that amount of the mortage payoff was exceeded. His wife didn't just take the extra, she is starting a foundation in case this ever happens again.
    haven't heard that, thanks for passing it on. That is a class act.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pac201 View Post
    haven't heard that, thanks for passing it on. That is a class act.
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