INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Communities came together Tuesday to show gratitude to IMPD and honor fallen Officer Perry Renn for his selfless acts Saturday night when he was gunned down after responding to a call of shots fired.
That shooting happened at East 34th East and Forest Manor Avenue. Tuesday that scene was turned into a memorial.
Young Men’s Inc. awarded Officer Renn High Honors. They wanted to show their respect and honor him in hopes that he may never be forgotten for his bravery. The 92 members of YMI want to make a difference and stand up for peace.
“To show that not everybody is doing bad. Not all young men are out here killing and shooting folks. There’s actually some out here that’s trying to save others,” said 17-year-old AJ Wooden, Young Men’s Inc. chief counselor.
“Because I wanted to come out here and see how the police can take care of our community,” said Caleb Williams, also a part of Young Men’s Inc.
They made a cross carrying Renn’s name and presented Chief Hite with a plaque.
“I come here to renew our strength as a community, to bring about hope and change. We have to come together ladies and gentlemen. But, we shouldn’t have to wait for tragedy to bring us together. We should be together more often than we are now,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
Carol and Tommy Stone are just two neighbors who joined the ceremony. Bullets flew through their home Saturday night.
“The lord has angels here on earth — the officers. I just pray for them. They have a dangerous job. I’m just appreciative of Officer Renn. He helped save my life too,” said Carol.
Chief Hite reiterated his message Tuesday that everyone needs to get out of their cars — including officers — and into their communities.
Chief Hite shook hands with the young men of YMI after the ceremony and took time to speak to each and every one of them.
“Oh man, to see the young people out here who are reaching out to the community after the death of one of our officers is inspiring. I saw a future chief in here raise his hand,” said Chief Hite.
He says it’s in hopes of building trust that will lead to peaceful communities.
Wooden joined Young Men’s Inc. at 7 years old. He’s now chief counselor of the group, soon to be a high school graduate and applying for college. He says he doesn’t know where he’d be if it weren’t for YMI.
If you’d like to learn more about the program, you can call or email YMI Executive Director Reverand Malachi Walker at 317-923-7690, 317-437-7937 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also visit their website.