Dedication To Make A Difference In the Community Earns Officer Special Honor
March 26, 2004 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam
and Police Chief Phil Keith today announced Knoxville Police Department
Officer Clint Madison as the department's 2003 Officer of the Year.
Officer Madison has been with the department since December 2002.
Chief Keith said from the start of Officer Madison's career with the Knoxville
Police Department, he has demonstrated a constant desire to make our community a better place
to live and work. Officer Madison, who is assigned to the West District, was awarded the December
2003 Officer of the Month Award for his caring.
On December 23, 2003, officers responded to a residential burglary on McTeer Street. Several
hours later the burglary victim flagged down Officer Madison while he was on routine patrol.
The victim wanted to notify the officers that they had just noticed a handgun had also been
stolen in the earlier burglary.
While gathering information about the missing gun, Officer Madison was drawn to the victim's
four year-old daughter who was crying. All the child's Christmas presents had been stolen in the
burglary. Officer Madison felt the need to help the saddened child. He purchased several gifts
to help restore the child's faith.
Chief Keith said, "Information leaked out about Officer Madison's actions.
The next thing you know other officers along with E-911 personnel were donating money
and purchasing additional gifts for the family."
"Officer Madison along with all the other contributors made a difference in the
life of this child and her family," said Chief Keith.
Mayor Haslam said, "I'm proud that Officer Madison is in the ranks of Knoxville's finest. The
actions of Officer Madison and his colleagues restored hope to a small child and her family."
Officer Madison will receive a signed certificate form the Mayor and Chief along with a free dinner from Kingston Alley Grill.
Other KPD Officers of the Month and Civilians being honored today include
Phil Jinks, Ed Stair, J.J. Jones, Nevin Long, Jeff Hopkins, Brandon McCosh, Chris Jones, Stan Cash,
Gordon Gwathney, Mick McCoig, Tom Epps, Susan Coker, Michael Ivester, Tom Sparks, Anthony Barnes,
John Kiely, Chip Breanuer, Todd Gilreath and Larry Pickard.