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Two Murfreesboro Heros!
BMM Golf Tournament
tournament is in the memory of Captain Byron Michael Motley of the
Murfreesboro Police Department. Captain Motley died tragically
while saving the life of a young swimmer. He died as courageously
as he lived.
Good Man & Law Enforcement Officer Dies Doing What He Did All His Life, Helping Someone.
Byron Motley died on July 22, 2006 after rescuing a child from
drowning. He was not in uniform when the incident happened
but, everyone who knew him believes he felt it was his
responsibility to dive into the water to rescue the child. This was
not the first time Byron found himself in a situation that required
him to go into the water to rescue another person.
Motley put his life on the line when he tried to rescue John Freeman
from drowning at Walter Hill's recreational park in the 1960's, and
in another incident in 1989, he tried to rescue pro football player
Jerry Anderson who had just saved two children when he became
trapped in Stones River. This was the way Capt. Byron Motley lived.
He was a good man that put others before himself.
Byron Motley was hired as a patrol officer in the Murfreesboro
Police Department on January 12, 1978. He was promoted to Sergeant
Uniformed Division on July 1, 1984. He was transferred as Sergeant
of the Administrative Services Division on June 1, 1996. Capt.
Motley was promoted to Lieutenant in Administrative Services
Division on January 21, 2003. He was recently promoted Captain in
the Administrative Services Division on March 16, 2006. One time
before the "Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act" was enacted into
law, I held a special class for any police officer that wanted to
obtain a Tennessee Handgun Permit. The law was changed so the
officers did not have to shoot but, they needed to take the
classroom training. It has now changed but, one of the requirements
was that a written test be taken. When I handed out the tests, it
seemed like the whole room started to ask Byron what the answers
were to various questions. It was basically a gun safety test but,
the only person who was asked questions was Byron Motley. At the
end of the course, I said to Byron that I was surprised so many
officers asked him for answers. He said that as the instructor I
should have told everybody to stop asking him for the answers. When
I told Byron I thought that would have been a mistake since I was
the only person in the classroom without a gun, he laughed.
a good man on and off the job. He will be missed by his family,
everyone at M.P.D., his church, and a lot of the citizens of Rutherford
County. I can visualize when Byron meets up with
Saint Michael who might be carrying a big sword, Byron saying "Can
you teach me how to use it." We'll miss this good family man,
police officer, and hero.
Condolences can be sent to the Murfreesboro Police Department,
Murfreesboro, TN 37129.