Jackson Officers Receive Awards
Members of the Jackson Police Department who have gone above the call of duty in the last year were honored, Friday. 20 officers and one citizen were recognized during the department’s Awards Day ceremony. Awards for the life-saving medal, to the ‘Medal of Merit’ to the police Purple Heart were awarded. ABC 7 Eyewitness News spoke to two recipients of the Medal of Valor. “It takes a great deal of courage to do what we do everyday in law enforcement. And we honor them and praise them for the sacrifice that they’ve made,” said Trooper Jeremy Phifer of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. “It’s an honor to receive it. It is unfortunate the way everything happened but it is still an honor to receive it,” said Officer Ruffin Cathey, a Medal of Valor recipient. Officer Cathey was one of several officers who responded to the burglary call at the Old Country Store, last September where the suspect is accused of shooting Officer Mark Headen, who also received the Medal of Valor and the police Purple Heart, today. Friday’s service honored sixteen law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.