Community remembers 3 Birmingham police officers killed in action

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Family, friends and police officers from across Jefferson County held a special ceremony Tuesday evening to remember three officers who were shot and killed June 17th, 2004.

Harley Chisholm, III, Charles Bennett and Carlos Owen were serving a warrant at a home on 18th Street Ensley 10 years ago. They did not know the suspects inside were planning an ambush. All three officers were shot and killed.

Retired Sgt. Jim Henderson arrived at the house shortly after the attack.

“I won’t forget what I saw,” Henderson said. “Nobody will.”

Since then, Henderson dedicates his time, organizing gatherings to help families and friends of fallen officers.

“I eat dinners with these families, I’m in contact with these families every single day,” Henderson said. “Departments move on, but for the families, it’s every single day.”

Lt. Sean Edwards worked with all three officers. He remembers how much pride Chisholm took in his uniform.

“You’re talking about a sharp, attention-to-detail, no-nonsense officer,” Edwards said. “His uniform was immaculate. The boots that he wore, they were so shined. Those guys were some great guys, they really were.”

About 80 people gathered at Birmingham’s West Precinct to eat dinner together and share stories about the fallen officers.

“These guys made a decision that day to put on the uniform, come to work, and do what they’re called to do,” Edwards said. “So we should never, ever forget that.”

(Copyright WIAT 42 News 2014)

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