McDaniel Ceremony

By: Camille Williams Email
By: Camille Williams Email

Jackson County has lost six officers since the 1900's. Dep. Mike Altman and Mellie McDaniel make eight.

The president of the American Federation of Police traveled to Marianna Friday to honor both McDaniel and Altman.

"And also to honor Capt. Joey Rabon and Corporal Billy Dozer with the action they took that day along with Sheriff McDaniel."

The organization not only honors fallen officers, but also provides assistance to their families. When Dennis Wise heard about the tragedy, he says he compelled to present the highest award to Capt. Joey Rabon, Corporal Bill Dozier and Sheriff McDaniel.

"I presented the widow with the memorial packet, and for the officers that are alive presented them with the silver stars for bravery."

Jackson County Sheriff Johnny McDaniel has now returned to work. Co-workers say he's trying to make it through this tragedy.

"It's hard to talk about the situation at this time, losing Mellie and Dep. Altman, but make no mistakes, Sheriff McDaniel is back at work and he's in full charge of the Sheriff's Office."

The Altman family is also coping with their loss.

"They're doing okay. It's just dealing with the fact of losing their son and her husband."

"We've lost some good officers over the years. Hopefully we all hope and pray that this will not happen again."

The Sheriff's Office and Marianna Police Department are holding a golf tournament Saturday in memory of Dep. Altman. All proceeds will go to Altman's family to help with expenses.

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