Police Spouses Speak Out

A crime like Tuesday's shooting of a Savannah police officer, Star Corporal Martin White, sends shockwaves through the community, especially to families of other officers. WTOC spoke with two officers' wives to get their reaction. Obviously an event like this scares them very much, but they say they have to be supportive of their husbands, especially now.

Each day, Officer Allen O'Berry does the job he loves: keeping the streets of Chatham County safe. And each day, his wife keeps him in her prayers.

"I have to support him, it's the job he loves," said wife Heather. "There's not a day that goes by I don't pray when he walks out the door."

Across town, Michele Walp works with a cell phone right near her desk. Her husband is an officer for the Savannah Police Department.

"You see me, my cell phone is right here, constant communication," she said.

Michelle likes to know her husband and father of two children is safe.

"I'm always a little nervous, there's always that risk of danger," she admitted.

Michele and Heather both say it's not easy to be strong at first, but it's what comes with the territory when you date or marry someone who puts their life on the line. And of course, Officer White is in their prayers tonight.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com