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October 28, 2005

Lumpkin- Word of the August 18th Lumpkin shooting traveled all the way to Titusville, Florida, to the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.

The National President of the Hall of Fame made a trip to Lumpkin Friday afternoon to honor those public safety officers for their bravery during some tense moments just two months ago.

Lumpkin Police Chief Jay Stripling doesn't consider his actions during the Marcus Dalton shooting heroic. It was simply his job.

"I don't apply the word hero to myself and I feel kind of embarrassed when I hear it," said Chief Jay Stripling, Lumpkin Police Department.

Stewart County Sheriff Deputy Clinton Rivers who was shot in the corner of his eye and is still facing more surgery to remove the bullet feels the same way.

"Not really a hero, I just came out to do my job, that I do every day that I work, you know come out and do my job and not knowing what to expect," said Deputy Clinton Rivers, Stewart County Sheriff Office.

Friday, the two along with Plains Police Chief Henry Brown were given the highest honor a living police officer can receive, the Law Enforcement Purple Heart.

"The heroes that came to help us after we were down, they're the ones that I look to when people apply that word, they got out of their beds, they came from three or four counties away to help," said Stripling.

These officers along with Sumter County Major Brett Murray were also awarded the Knights of Justice award. The E-M-T's that responded early that morning, Vance Streeter, Dan Simmons, Greg Stewart, and 911 dispatcher Connie Thornton were presented with Citizen Appreciation Awards.

The awards were presented by the National President of the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens who said the actions of these heroic individuals simply couldn't go unnoticed.

"These are what we consider everyday heroes in blue, because officers constantly go out there, they never think that they're heroes, they're just doing their job," said Dennis Wise, President American Police Hall of Fame and Museum.

Officers will get some extra protection when doing their job. The Hall of Fame presented Chief Stripling with a bullet proof vest for the department to use, and it's the department's first vest.

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