When a call came to respond to a “shots fired” in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, it wasn’t antifa or Black Lives Matter who responded, it was six Nashville cops, some reportedly new to the job, who found themselves “standing between good and evil” in a potential mass casualty situation.
The officers, Brenna Hosey, James Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping and James Wells, and Sgt. Timothy Miller, sped to 2nd Avenue and discovered an RV spewing loudspeaker messages warning that it was going to blow up.
Police Chief John Drake told reporters at a news update that the RV blasted music and messages that it would blow up, including a countdown to the explosion. But he said the police got people out, not knowing when the RV would blow, and saved “many” lives on Christmas morning. They’re still tallying up all the people successfully evacuated.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper told reporters that three people were hospitalized and was relieved that more people weren’t hurt, but now he’s pissed.
We’ve gone from relief that there weren’t more casualties to now anger and determination and resolve to rebuild and not to be deterred and to bring whoever is responsible for this to justice.
We can rebuild and get back to normal. [The] attack on our community was intended to create chaos and fear in this season of peace and hope, but the spirit of our city cannot be broken.
He called the officers who rushed in “heroes” during “a year that we understand what first responders mean to our community.”
It was a sentiment echoed by the police chief and the head of the police officers’ union, James Smallwood. He told Fox and Friends that the nation witnessed pure heroism on Christmas morning.
What we witnessed … yesterday morning was nothing short of heroism and courageous actions by those six officers, who received a call about shots being fired in the area and they charged towards the danger like any other police officer in our nation would.
When they got there, obviously the danger continued to increase. And they took swift action, and they started working in the streets and in the neighborhood to clear residents from the area and clear pedestrians from the area. They put themselves in between good and evil. And they saved lives, without a doubt.