Nashville explosion: Police officers’ heroism saved lives

“These officers’ acts of heroism is just tremendous,” said Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake.


By Nancy Perry

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  Six Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officers helped avert casualties when an RV exploded early Christmas Day in Nashville, Tennessee, reports KIRO7.

“These officers’ acts of heroism is just tremendous,” Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said during a news conference.

The officers responded to a call about shots fired in downtown Nashville shortly after 5:40 a.m. CT on December 25, when they spotted the RV parked outside the AT&T transmission center.

A recorded message being broadcast from the RV noted a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes and advised residents to evacuate.

The officers immediately began going door to door to evacuate apartments, WZTV reported.

“These officers didn’t care about themselves,” Drake said at the news conference. “They didn’t think about that. They cared about the citizens of Nashville. They went in and we’d be talking not about the debris that we have here but potential people.”

The six MNPD officers who worked to evacuate persons are:

  • Officer Brenna Hosey, who has been with the department for 4 years;
  • Officer James Luellen, who has been with the department for 3 years;
  • Officer Michael Sipos, who has been with the department for 16 months;
  • Officer Amanda Topping, who has been with the department for 21 months;
  • Officer James Wells, who has been with the department for 21 months;
  • Sergeant Timothy Miller, who has been with the department for 11 years.

 

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