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Police Officer Michael Alexander Petrina | Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer

Michael Alexander Petrina

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 8 months

Badge # 1381

Military veteran

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Police Officer Michael Petrina was struck and killed by an automobile on northbound I-65, at the Old Hickory Boulevard exit, while at the scene of a previous accident.

He was speaking with a Department of Transportation help truck driver when a motorhome approached the scene swerved in between the stopped vehicles and pedestrians. Officer Petrina was struck and killed by the vehicle.

Charges are pending against the driver.

Officer Petrina was an a member of the Tennessee National Guard and had served with the Metro Nashville Police Department for eight months. He was the assigned to the South Precinct and had won the Christy Dedman Award upon graduating from the academy.

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Officer Petrina, at the time of your death I was a 29 year old 4 year veteran of a neighboring agency. Your death
rang a bell with me. You died on my birthday, I will always remember your sacrifice for this reason. I was in my living room having some coffee before going out for a birthday lunch with my wife. I saw on the news a metro officer was killed and my heart sank. You never got a chance to turn 29 like I did on that day. I recently left law enforcement after nearly 7 years. I drive past the site at which you paid the ultimate price and many times I silently say a prayer for your loved ones. As long as I roam this earth you will not be forgotten.

Daniel Thornton
July 16, 2017

 

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