DETROIT (WWJ) – Some fun Saturday for Detroit police officers. A basketball game was played at Community High School to pay tribute to officers from the sixth and eighth precincts who were involved in a shootout with a gunman in January.
Players from the National Police League and an area McDonalds were involved in the game.
WWJ spoke to Police Chief Ralph Godbee, who praised the organizers: “It’s a tremendous honor to reflect on the efforts of the officers and work toward a monument, raising money for a monument, I just think the foresight to do that is tremendous,” says Chief Godbee.
Inspector Amir Smith helped his colleagues who were shot that night in January. Smith says he went right back to work but said it’s still hard to walk into the precinct where four officers were wounded. The gunman was shot and killed.
“I don’t consider myself a hero, I’m a hero because I went home,” says Smith.
The department is raising money for a monument at the precinct on the city’s west side.