End of Watch February 20, 2012
Dispatch Supervisor Michael Wilkinson began his career with the Pelham Police Department on May 3, 1989. Mike was an excellent dispatcher who never complained and always showed great concern and consideration for co-workers and citizens, alike. Mike was the voice of comfort to innumerable citizens who never knew who he was but was comforted by his calm and reassuring demeanor during what may have been the worst moments of their lives. Mike was the voice of reassurance on the radio to countless police officers and fire personnel. If you ever appeared upset, you could always count on Mike to ask if you were okay and if you needed anything.
Dispatcher Wilkinson’s life was cut short on February 20, 2012 after a sudden illness. Mike’s sudden passing has left a huge void in the dispatch center that will be difficult to fill. He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed. Mike exemplified dedication, professionalism and loyalty to the Pelham Police and Fire Department, City of Pelham and the citizens of Pelham.
Officer Philip Mahan Davis
End of Watch December 4, 2009
Philip M. Davis was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-65 in Pelham. Philip was the first officer in the history of the Pelham Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. Philip left behind a wife and two small children. Philip's death is a tremendous loss to our community. It was evident that Philip's reason for choosing this profession was his profound love for and his commitment to this nation, the community and his fellow man.
Philip had achieved a great deal of success in his short time on earth. Philip had earned both undergraduate and graduate level college degrees. Philip was a 4.5-year veteran of the Pelham Police Department and had previously worked at the Calera Police Department and the University of Alabama Police Department. Philip also served as an adjunct instructor at ITT Technical Institute's School of Criminal Justice in Bessemer. Philip's life was a testament to compassion, ethics and hard work that continues to serve as an inspiration to us all. Philip's sacrifice to our community and this country will never be forgotten.