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Fayetteville Police officers honored for honoring veteran

Fville police dog burial
Fayetteville Police officers Austin Dunn and Jason Davis were honored Thursday night for their Nov. 12 “above and beyond” service to a disabled U.S. Military veteran. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

Two Fayetteville Police officers, Austin Dunn and Jason Davis, were honored Thursday night by the mayor and city council members for going “above and beyond” the call of duty when responding to a Nov. 12 call that a dog had been killed on Belle Drive.
According to Police Chief Scott Pitts, his department was notified by dispatch that a dog had been struck on Belle Drive, and officers Dunn and Davis showed up to learn that a school bus had hit and killed the dog and driven off before they arrived. They then approached the owner, who they learned is a disabled United States Military veteran.
Pitts said the dog was the man’s only companion, and it was a particularly sad incident, especially as it happened the day after Veterans Day. He said Davis drove to his personal residence and got a pair of shovels and returned to the veteran’s home.
“They returned to this residence and gave the dog a proper burial for this veteran,” Pitts told city council members. “I believe this definitely goes above and beyond our call of duty.”
Mayor Ed Johnson concurred with Pitts and asked meeting attendees to join him in a round of applause for Dunn and Davis.
“This is indicative of the quality of personnel and staff we have here in the City of Fayetteville,” Johnson said. “I’m so proud of you.”

By Danny Harrison

Danny Harrison, a 1992 Fayette High School graduate, began his journalism career with Fayette County News in 1995. After taking several leaves of absence to pursue journalism and Christian ministry opportunities, including a few out of state and overseas, he returned full-time to Fayette County News in August 2014. Harrison earned a bachelor's degree in pastoral ministry in 2009 while serving as a missionary journalist in England and Western Europe.