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UNA honors fallen officer Sgt. Nick Risner's family

Aili Risner threw the first pitch of the game to Lt. Max Dotson.

Posted: Oct 23, 2021 9:32 AM
Updated: Oct 25, 2021 1:34 PM

Softball and staff members with the University of North Alabama changed their colors Friday from purple to blue in honor of Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner, who was killed in the line of duty.

The university had special blue shirts made with Risner's call letters, "Sierra 1," on the back. His daughter, Aili, threw out the first pitch to Sheffield Lt. Max Dotson, who was shot in the line of duty along with her dad.

Aili played softball in high school, and she and her dad had a special bond over the sport. That's why UNA chose to honor the family in this way.

"With Aili being a student at UNA, the UNA family just wanted to show her that we're here for her and we are supporting her and her family during this unbelievable time," said Megan Dye, UNA's assistant athletic director. "We just want to show her our love and support from the UNA family."

UNA's president presented the Risner family with a special, framed jersey with "SIERRA ONE" on it. All donations collected at the game will go to the Risner family.

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