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July 28, 2013

Letters to the Editor 7/28/13

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Officers showed compassion

Dear Editor:

I am writing this in response to the fine officers of the Athens Police Department.

On July 7, they had the unenviable task of being dispatched on a call to my brother’s address and subsequently finding him deceased. I was then notified by a friend’s spouse and proceeded to make my way there.

As I approached the house, Sgt. Lott let me know of the situation and after being shocked of the news, I proceeded to call family members who started arriving and, like me, were in disbelief. The officers told us that to make sure of no foul play, they were bringing in two detectives to check and make sure nothing criminal had taken place. After a thorough investigation, nothing was discovered unusual.

The three officers on the scene were total professionals and very compassionate. I was very proud of the way they did not let the area get disturbed until the detectives were through with their investigation. Thanks also goes out to Coroner Mike West and the way he tended to our loved one and the compassion he showed.

The two detectives sent to the scene were very respectful and compassionate in dealing with our situation. They also said if they could be of assistance, to just give them a call — total professionalism. Athens should be proud of the fine men and women they have on the force here because in time of crises like these, it is good to see some old fashioned compassion and consideration.

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