End of Watch - August 14, 2021
Juan M. Gomez began his career with the Pelham Police Department on April 23, 2010. He was a man of integrity, a professional police officer who cared for his community. He will forever be remembered as a true public servant.
Juan was a member of the Emergency Services Unit and the Bike Patrol Unit. He loved to talk with people and never hesitated to help someone in need.
Previously, Juan worked with the Albertville Police Department. He was also a decorated Army veteran. During his eight years in the military, he received many awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Juan died from complications of COVID-19. He was devout in his faith and shared his love for God with everyone he came in contact with. We find peace in some of his final words to his friends: "I trust in the Lord. He is a sovereign God. I will accept whatever comes my way because I know I'm okay, either way."
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 Pelham Police Officer ever to be killed in the line of duty. He left behind a wife and two small children.
It was evident that Philip chose this profession because of his profound love for this nation, the community, and his fellow man. Philip's death was a tremendous loss to our community. Philip was a 4.5-year veteran of the Pelham Police Department. Previously, he worked at the Calera Police Department and at 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 inspire us all. His sacrifice to our community and this country will never be forgotten.
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. He 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 were 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 one ever appeared upset, he or she could always count on Mike to lend a listening ear.
Dispatcher Wilkinson's life was cut short on February 20, 2012, after a sudden illness. He was a friend to all and is greatly missed. Mike exemplified dedication, professionalism, and loyalty to the Pelham Police and Fire Departments, the City of Pelham, and its citizens.