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12/10/02

Fellow Officers React to Shooting

As you can imagine, fellow officers of wounded cop Star Corporal Martin White are pulling together to help each other, White, and his family get through White's critical injuries. Today's events have certainly been very hard on the rest of the force.

"He's a character, he's a good guy, he trained me for a little while, he's a real good person," Officer Claude Dednam told us.

"I worked with him a while, he's a brave man," added Officer Joe Grooves.

Officers are pulling for a friend, a man many consider a brother. Martin White, 54, was shot in the line of duty when someone crossed the blue line.

Referring to the as-yet unknown gunman, Officer Groves said, "I don't know what his motives are. He's a coward."

"We have a working relationship that's closer than a family," noted Officer Ralph Mears. "We have to rely on each other often."

For 22 years, Officer White has helped to protect and serve the City of Savannah and its citizens. During that time, he's become a part of another family, a family that can't understand why he was shot.

"It's going to change the way I look at someone when they approach the car, when I'm stopped at the intersection," said Grooves.

Officers are understandably on guard, and they plan to look long and hard for the person or persons responsible, and their prayers are with White's family. All the officers we spoke with today had heavy hearts for the family, a family they say they are looking out for.

Reported by: Ryan Young, ryoung@wtoc.com

 

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