New Year’s Eve is always a time of celebration and remembrance. A time to stop and reflect on the many experiences and blessings of the past year. As I think back on 2018, I wanted to pause and remember those public servants who have been injured while serving our community. In January, KPD officer Jay Williams was shot and injured in the line of duty while making a traffic stop. In November, another KPD officer was injured when B.K. Hardin was attacked while directing traffic after a UT Football game. These incidents illustrate the dangers that our public servants are exposed to every day as they work to keep our community safe.
In 2017, our Knoxville Police Department responded to over 200,000 calls. The Knoxville Fire Department responded to 23,804 calls for assistance: 10,456 calls for emergency medical service, and 13,303 calls for non-EMS service. As you enjoy your own New Year’s festivities, please take a moment to remember those who have been injured in the line of service this year, and when you see an officer or firefighter, join me in thanking them for all they do.
Wishing you all a safe and happy new year! I look forward to seeing you in 2019.