When asked if he had spoken to the officers, [Nashville Police Chief John Drake] said, “I’ve talked to each one of them at the scene, thanked them for their efforts. They didn’t want the thanks, they just felt like it was their jobs and their honor to serve our city.”
The six officers range from a sergeant who has been on the force for more than a decade to a rookie officer who joined 16 months ago
By Alexander Kacala | TODAY • Published December 26, 2020 • Updated on December 26, 2020 at 6:56 pm
Metropolitan Nashville Police have identified the six officers who helped evacuate a downtown area of the city minutes before a recreational vehicle exploded on Christmas morning.
According to police, the six officers responded to a report of shots fired at approximately 5:30 a.m. on 2nd Avenue. When officers arrived, they found an RV parked in front of an AT&T building there. Shortly after, they heard a warning broadcast from the vehicle warning of an imminent explosion, counting down from 15 minutes.
“Instead of taking it as just maybe a threat and calling in and getting resources, they immediately began knocking on doors, they coordinated their resources to get everyone evacuated and out,” Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake told reporters on Saturday during a press conference.
The explosion even knocked one of the officers to the ground.
“I watched a short video of an officer that had just moved out of the video frame when the explosion occurred, had knocked him to the ground,” Drake told reporters on Saturday. “So had they not done that, we would be talking about people as well, with the destruction that we had. So they’re just heroic efforts and saving lives.”
Drake explained the officers intended to “get as many people out” safely and to “get them somewhere safe and provide them with services so they’re not displaced as much.”
When asked if he had spoken to the officers, he said, “I’ve talked to each one of them at the scene, thanked them for their efforts. They didn’t want the thanks, they just felt like it was their jobs and their honor to serve our city.”
A release provided by the department Friday said the six officers “who worked to evacuate persons on 2nd Avenue early today and saved lives in the process” were: