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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
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.

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