Community remembers Anniston police officer killed in action

(WIAT-TV CBS42)
(WIAT-TV CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1377695570&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&pl_id=21958&show_title=1&va_id=4260234&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1377695570 type=script]ANNISTON, Ala. (WIAT) — The Anniston Police Department is dedicating its new justice center to an officer who lost his life in the line of duty in 2011.

Justin Sollohub was 27 years old when he was shot and killed. Members of the Anniston community, along with the police department and Sollohub’s family gathered at the Justin Sollohub Justice Center in downtown Anniston Tuesday afternoon for a special ceremony.

The sacrifice Sollohub made is still fresh in their minds.

“We will not forget,” Anniston Police Chief Shane Denham said. “We will tell his story.”

Sollohub dreamed of wearing a badge since childhood.

“Not too long ago, I was going through his school papers,” Mother Jeniffer Morris said. “I found a paper he wrote when he was in second grade that when he grew up he was going to be a police officer. That was what he wanted. He loved to help people.”

Even in his death, Sollohub was able to help others through organ donation. As for the person who stole Justin’s life, Morris doesn’t have much to say.

“We don’t dedicate a lot of thoughts to him,” Morris said. “It’s not about him; it’s about Justin.”

This week marks the two-year anniversary of Sollohub’s death, an appropriate time to celebrate his life.

“Everybody’s still thinking about him,” Morris said. “He’s not been forgotten.”

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