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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Birmingham's Finest

Birmingham's Finest

Birmingham lost three officers June 17, 2004. Four officers went to serve a warrant and three of the four were killed with an SKS assault rifle.

Officer Charles Robert Bennett, 33;

Officer Harley Chisholm III, 40;

and Officer Carlos Owen, 53, who had been on the force for 26 years. Chisholm was hired in 1998, and Bennett had been a Birmingham officer since 2001.

The community has been in shock.

A wreath for each officer was placed on the front of the precinct.

Officers came from all over the United States to attend the funerals for the fallen officers.

Today, a memorial service was held for the three officers. Each officer's car was parked at the entrance to the auditorium with a black wreath on the grill and their blue lights on.

While no department can plan enough to handle such a situation, I'm impressed with how Chief Nunn and all the officers have handled this senseless tragedy.

God bless the souls of the officers and comfort their families.