GPD Remembers Fallen Lieutenant Seven Years Later
Published April 4th, 2014
GAINESVILLE- The Gator Nation has their eyes on a National Championship in the next coming days.
Today the Gainesville communtiy is focused on a fallen officer who died 7 years ago today.
Lt Corey Dahlem was one of the GPD staff working the streets.
Fans all went to one of the busiest areas in town that night, west university avenue.
He was struck and killed by a drunk driver.
Austin Wright was driving the vehicle that struck Lt Dahlem, he was later convicted of DUI manslaughter.
Corey's wife, Sally Dahlem describes her ordeal after the accident, "when i got there the doctors came in and talked to me and just said there was no hope for recovery."
Gainesville Police Department Spokesperson, Ben Tobias, "this is truly a job where you would lay down your life for the guy or the girl that's working next to you. Corey did it for us but we really wish he didn't have to."
In the new Gainesville police headquarters, Lieutenant Dahlem and other fallen officers will be honored in what will be called the "Hall of Heroes," a memorial for law enforcement who lost their life in the line of duty.
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