“Sgt. Risner performed a heroic act by protecting the Shoal’s Community from the shooter from entering the Walmart parking lot,” Police Chief Ricky Terry wrote.
“If the shooter would have entered the Walmart parking lot, there is no telling how many lives would have been endangered or lost.”
Hundreds of individuals, together with whole lecture rooms of faculty youngsters, a lot of them waving American flags, lined as much as honor the fallen officer throughout a procession in the neighborhood Monday.
Emma Gregory stated Risner had talked her out of killing herself two years in the past after he discovered her considering suicide on a bridge on his approach house from work.
“I saw him as invincible. He was my literal superhero,” the younger lady told WAAY-TV. “Until his last dying breath, he protected and he served, and he loved.”
Risner later stored in contact with Gregory and attended her commencement.
“It meant so much to me,” she informed the outlet. “He hugged me and said, ‘I knew you could do it, and I told you you could do it, and you made it. You graduated.’”
Martin, who Chief Terry known as “a coward” was arrested, however fees weren’t instantly filed in opposition to the suspected killer.
Risner, an Army Reserve veteran, served 9 years with the division as a K9 officer, police stated.
His physique was taken to Birmingham so his organs might be donated, which didn’t shock Dotson.
“Whether it’d be taking money out of his own pocket to pay for somebody’s meal or just getting out playing basketball with the kids,” the capturing survivor stated.