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Huntsville Police Honor Guard honors Sgt. Nick Risner with rifle salute

Sgt. Nick Risner received a hero's salute at his private burial Friday afternoon.

Posted: Oct 8, 2021 8:51 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2021 12:07 PM

Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner received a hero's salute at his private burial Friday afternoon.

Agencies from all over Alabama came out to pay respects to their friend and colleague. One agency in particular had the honor of sending him off with a rifle salute.

HPD's Honor Guard gives rifle salute for Sgt. Risner

"For them to ask us in their time — we're all family. When one hurts and one needs help, we come and help them," said Sgt. Gary Trampas from Huntsville Police Department's Honor Guard.

He and seven other officers gave a hero's salute to the fallen officer.

"It's a huge honor," Trampas said of the rifle salute.

They fired three volleys in honor of Risner. It's a tradition that dates back centuries.

"It could have even gone back as far as Roman times," Trampas said. "After they had a battle, they would go out and collect the dead. And once they went to collect the dead, if a soldier came across one that they knew, he would yell out the soldier's name three times to honor his sacrifice."

This time, it's a sacrifice that hits close to home for North Alabama's law enforcement.

"Northern Alabama, our law enforcement, we're all very close with each other," Trampas said. "You'll see it when you see all the K-9s here. They come from all over the place to be here."

After the rifle salute, honor guard members collected three of the spent cartridges to give to the family. The cartridges signify duty, honor and sacrifice.

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