Carrollton Police Retire Badge 911

No Carrollton police officer will ever wear that badge numberSymbolizing the impact of the September Eleventh terrorist attacks, the Carrollton Police Department has formally retired badge number 911.  Carrollton P-D’s Personnel Officer Wesley Rutherford says retiring the badge would the department’s “…unique way of honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of others.”  Like many police agencies, Carrollton P-D issues badges in numerical order. When they recently assigned badbe number 900, Rutherford said it occurred that a rookie officer may not wish to wear number 911 because of its symbolic connection to the attacks.  In retiring the badge number, Police Chief Rex Redden calls it a “…small gesture that we can do to honor the first responders who lost their lives during the response to 9-11 and to serve as a reminder to future officers that this job requires sacrifices, possibly even the ultimate one in the service of our community.”  The retired badge is proudly displayed in a shadow box in the lobby of the Carrollton police headquarters.