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TPD reflects on sergeant killed 15 years ago

Posted at 5:25 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 13:54:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - 15 years ago today, Tallahassee Police Sergeant Dale Green was shot and killed while responding to a home invasion robbery.

For 13 years, Sergeant Daniel 'Dale' Green served with the Tallahassee Police Department. His life ended tragically on November 13th, 2002 when he was ambushed and killed in the line of duty.

"The memory is still very fresh in our minds, if you will," said Officer David Northway with the Tallahassee Police Department.

Officer David Northway was working on the evening sergeant green was killed. He said green was a true leader on the force.

"If you needed someone to go through a door to catch the bad guy on the other side who said, 'I'm not going back to jail,' that was him," Northway said.

Sergeant Green was responding to a home invasion robbery on Melody Circle, when he was gunned down.

"He was always a servant for our community, and he was doing what was right on the night that he was murdered – and that was saving those two women's lives who were inside the house with these robbers," Northway explained.

Not far from police headquarters, a street was renamed in Green's memory. The department says he's always remembered.

"He is talked about on a day-to-day basis. He is memorialized once a year in an actual ceremony that we have," said Northway. "We ride for him in the Police Unity Tour to remember his name and his legacy here at TPD, so Sergeant Dale Green will never be forgotten."

TPD says it keeps in touch with Sergeant Green's mother, who stops by every year to sell baked goods in her son's honor, on his birthday.

The money has been donated to help fund a fallen officers memorial project at Florida State University.