Family, Friends, Colleagues Remember Metro Officer Killed On I-65

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Family, Friends, Colleagues Remember Metro Officer Killed On I-65

CREATED May 16, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Family, friends and colleagues gathered Thursday morning in the Memphis area to remember the Metropolitan Nashville Police officer who was killed in a crash on Saturday.

Dozens of law enforcement officers from around the state filled Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in the Memphis suburb of Germantown to remember the life of Officer Michael Petrina, who was killed Saturday in Nashville.

A bus arrived at the church carrying about 40 of Officer Petrina's Metro Police colleagues on Thursday morning. 

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the 25-year-old was struck and killed by a motor home Saturday while assisting a TDOT HELP truck direct traffic around a previous wreck on I-65.

The driver of the motor home, 71-year-old Dean Diver of Key Largo, Florida, told police he was unable to merge into the other lanes of traffic and subsequently hit Petrina. The TDOT worker was not injured in the collision. No charges have been placed at present against Diver.

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Petrina was honored during Wednesday’s Fraternal Order of Police annual memorial service that paid tribute to all officers who have died in the line of duty.

One of the more touching moments came when officers escorted family members to the front of the sanctuary, and yellow roses were laid next to pictures of their fallen heroes. Officer Petrina's cousin was in Nashville for the ceremony.

“You know I just hope I can bring back to everyone who is in Memphis right now the stories of love and inspiration from all the folks who are here today,” said Renee Petrina.

Police Chief Steve Anderson and Mayor Karl Dean spoke to her just before the ceremony. Chief Anderson also addressed the crowd, highlighting some of officer Petrina's accomplishments.

“I have listened to his classmates speak of Mike's exceptional spirit in the academy. He was the clear choice among his peers for the Officer Christy Dedman Spirit Award. Like Christy Dedman, Nashville has lost a fine person and a police officer full of potential,” Chief Anderson said.

Officer Petrina graduated the police academy in September 2013.

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