Havelock police officers injured in shooting honored

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 03:57 PM.

Sanders said most people would have reacted by shooting the suspect, "but you guys didn’t do it and I am extremely proud of you and very proud of the fact that you’re Havelock police officers. Even when your lives were in danger, you continued to protect and serve the citizens. My words are certainly inadequate for what you guys did."

The three men, believed to be the first in the history of the city’s police force to be shot, stood side by side as medals on purple fabric were lifted over their heads and around their necks. They received lengthy applause and a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Don Klinger, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, handed out National First Responder Citations to each one of the men.

"Sometimes that job involves danger," Klinger said. "You never know from one moment to the next what you are going to face. This is a symbol of our appreciation for the sacrifices that you make."

Borton and Boone recovered quickly from their injuries, but Fahnestock required surgery to repair the damage to his hand and continues to recover. He is doing administrative work for the department until he fully recovers.

Berry faces three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. 

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