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Albany Police Officers welcomed home from Iraq

May 3, 2006

Albany -- Another welcome home for 48th Brigade veterans who served in Iraq. This time it was the Albany Police Officers, who were also National Guardsmen.

Now back home, all say they look forward to hitting the streets again as Police Officers.

Lots of hugs and tears as the Albany Police Department welcomes home their five Officers, just back from Iraq. City Manager Alfred Lott said "A grateful city thanks you for your efforts."

 All five were members of the 48th Brigade, who returned Friday after an 18 month deployment. Major Bobby Hooper said "We're proud of you. We're glad to have you back. And we are especially glad to have you back all in one piece." 

 The five were presented plaques from the city, and a party. All five officers say they will be ready soon to return to work as Police Officers. Cpl. Willie Bradford said "Naw, I can't wait. A lof the guys can't wait for me to get back on the street, doing our job, trying to rid crime."

 The Iraq veterans agree they did good work for that war torn country, and come back better Police Officers. Patrolman Dramoski Franklin said "The things I've seen over there." Yea, I'll be better because of what I've seen."

After a couple of weeks off with family, the officers say they will be ready for patrol again, but this time on Albany streets. Sgt. Michael Persley said "Couple of weeks to get back on the road. Learn Albany again. See who's moved here, who's moved away. What's been built, what's been torn down. Just get back familiar with the surroundings."

 Back home and civilians again, these war veterans say they see life differently now. Corporal Willie Bradford said "I do, a whole differently. What people fail to realize, the small things you take for granted over here at home, you learn to appreciate in a different country. So my thought process has changed a great deal."

Another welcome back for these members of the 48th Brigade, ready to return to their blue Albany Police Uniform once again.

Another Albany Police Officer and member of the 48th Brigade, Corporal Danny McMullen, has not returned from Iraq yet. His comrades say they think he will be back in Georgia in about one week.

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