Officer Whitson Remembered at BGPD Awards Ceremony

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The Bowling Green Police Department held their annual employee awards ceremony on Wednesday at the police department.

It's been nearly five months since Bowling Green police officer David Whitson was accidental shot and killed by a fellow officer as he was being attacked by a man with two knives.

"David was a good officer. We all knew him, we all loved him and any of us, I think, would have been willing to trade places,” Bowling Green Police Chief Doug Hawkins said.

Whitson is now being honored by his fellow officers.

"David, as you can imagine by an overwhelming margin, was selected as the Bowling Green Police Department's Officer of the Year," Chief Hawkins said.

"It's very deserving. I mean, he paid the supreme sacrifice and I wish I could've taken his place,” Master Police Officer Shane West said.

These officers say it isn't easy to move on, but as a department they know they have to.

"We've got a community to serve and a job to do but David's still on all of our hearts,” Master Police Officer James McCubbins said.

Still on these officers hearts and still a topic that's hard to talk about.

"I thought that I would be able to do this better. I thought that I would've gotten over the sadness. I don't think I ever will,” Chief Hawkins said.

Officer Whitson's wife, mother and sisters were at Wednesday's award ceremony.

Whitson's close friend Jason Holmes accepted the Officer of the Year award for the family.

A service medal was also given to 39 officers who served as a Sentry Guard or Honor Guard during the events following Officer Whitson's death.

To view a list of other employees who received awards at the ceremony, click here.

A benefit concert for Whitson's family will be held Wednesday night at The Brewing Company in Bowling Green. There is a five dollar cover charge and all proceeds will go to the family.