RALEIGH, MS (WDAM) - Gone, but not forgotten.
An Atlanta-based non-profit organization shipped gifts to the Raleigh Police Department to honor a fallen officer. Paul Morris died during an on-duty crash on Highway 18 East in Raleigh on May 17.
"We will never forget the ultimate sacrifice that Officer Morris made and we will not forget his family," said Point 27 director David Dodd. "We are forever grateful for these brave men and women in law enforcement."
Point 27 sent Thin Blue Line scripture-inscribed dog tags called Shields of Strength to department in his memory. In addition to the tags, the non-profit mailed scripture-inscribed Folded Flag Pendant Necklaces to the family of Morris.
"We are presenting Thin Blue Line Dog Tags to thank the officers for their putting their lives on the line to protect Americans," said Dodd. "The dog tag is engraved with a Bible verse and serves as a physical reminder that God is with them day and night as they patrol and protect the streets of their community. We want them to know we appreciate and value them."
Dodd, who is a retired U.S. Army colonel, wore a Shield of Strength when he commanded a battalion of the first set of troops who were deployed to Afghanistan after 911. Every soldier in his command wore one as well. After retiring, he created Point 27 and has distributed thousands of Shields of Strength to members of the military, national and international leaders and law enforcement. He says he hopes the dog tags encourages officers and the families of the fallen.
The face of the Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength shows an engraved silver American flag face designed with one flag stripe of blue. The back of the dog tags is inscribed with Matthew 5:9," Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." The Folded Flag Pendant necklaces are engraved with John 15:13; "Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one's life for one's friends."