Jackson County Honors Fallen Officer with an Awards Ceremony

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Marianna- Madeline and Harold Altman endured a pain no parent should ever have to experience. Six years ago, they buried their son.

"He loved to help people" Madeline said. "He would call me every day and tell me what he did that day and he would be so proud of himself that he was able to help somebody."

It was that dedication to helping others that ultimately cost Deputy Mike Altman his life.

In January 2007, Altman responded to a call for help from the wife of then Sheriff, John McDaniel. Two men had followed her home. Both Mellie and Atman were murdered before the Sheriff and other deputies arrived. The two gunman were then killed in a shootout.

"This is a small community and something of this magnitude was really disturbing and very upsetting" said Sheriff Lou Roberts.

Thursday, Altman's parents were given an award named after their son.

"It will be cherished at our house forever, trust me" Madeline said. "I feel it was a great honor for Mike to be remembered because that's my goal. I want him to always be remembered. I'll do anything to keep his memory up. I don't ever want him to be forgotten."

An award named in honor of Mellie McDaniel was also presented.
It was created for an officer who has done exceptional work with domestic violence cases.

It's a cause that was dear to both Mellie and this year's recipient, Dean Baldwin. He works at the Sunrise Domestic Violence Shelter in Dade City in Pasco County.

Deputy Altman will be also be remembered next Friday during a ceremony at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

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