INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The community gathered on Thursday to honor an IMPD officer after he was shot in the line of duty.
Police say when Officer Greg Milburn responded to the call the morning of May 30, he was the first on scene and met by Quintico Goolsby who fired a gun at the officer. Goolsby was killed and police found 84-year-old Julia Morrow and 30-year-old Inity Morrow dead inside the home.
Officer Milburn returned to work for light duty Monday, just two weeks after he was shot by a suspected killer.
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Thursday the Martindale Brightwood community thanked him for his continuing service.
“It just so happens that we have a hero in the room tonight,” Executive Director of Stop the Violence Indianapolis Anthony Beverly said.
“I think that demonstrates support that not all officers know they have in this community,” IMPD Commander James Waters said.
Members of One Voice invited Milburn to attend their meeting Thursday night for the plaque presentation.
“He did his job and he did it well,” Amy Harwell, President of One Voice, said.
Those at the presentation say after the shooting, stories of Milburn’s long-time dedication to Martindale Brightwood spread quickly.
“There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t see some great police work that Officer Milburn does in this community,” Waters said.
He received a standing ovation at the presentation, something most people receive at the end of a performance. But Commander Waters says Milburn is far from the end of his service.
“He’s eager to get back in uniform and get back on the street and continue the great work he does in this community,” Waters said. “I think he already misses it. He wants to get back out and continue to work with them.”
And those in the Martindale Brightwood area say they’re happy to have him.
“Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you to him, his family, his wife, because I know every night these officers, they want to go home to their families as well,” Beverly said.
24-Hour News 8 did speak to Officer Milburn after the presentation, but he did not want to talk on camera.
One Voice and Stop the Violence Indianapolis hope Officer Milburn’s dedication to the city will help inspire more community members to step up and get engaged in the fight to keep their neighborhoods safe.