The first law enforcement official to arrive on the scene of last year's Doctors Hospital shooting, which claimed the lives of three men, was recently nominated to be part of a national first responder competition sponsored by America's Most Wanted.
One year ago tomorrow a vengeful gunman executed James David Baker, Pete Wright and Leslie Harris in the hallways of Doctors Hospital.
Muscogee County Marshal’s Deputy Alicia Davenport got to the scene first, followed closely by Columbus Police Cpl. Michael Dahnke. At the time of the call, Davenport was serving civil papers near Hamilton Road.
Davenport confronted the shooter in the hospital parking lot. Not only did he refuse her verbal commands to put down his weapon and exit his vehicle, he fired upon the deputy. The two exchanged gunfire until Dahnke arrived and disabled the suspect by shooting him in the shoulder.
In April 2008, Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman handed out the department's first awards of valor under his direction to Davenport, Marshal's Cpl. Belvin Milner, Columbus Police Cpl. Michael Dahnke, Officer Jonathan Goodrich and Officer Gregory Anderson. The marshal also awarded Doctors Hospital security guard Wayne Michaux with a plaque for assisting officers in identifying and containing the suspect.
Because of her actions the afternoon of March 27, 2008, a grateful hospital employee recently nominated Davenport to be the next America's Most Wanted All-Star. This is a national award presented to outstanding first responders.
Log on to www.amw.com/allstar and click on Davenport's picture. You can also vote via text message from a Sprint or Nextel phone. Just send a text message to 4AMW with the code corresponding to your designated Official Nominee located at www.amw.com/allstar. You can cast one vote each day.
For more on the one year anniversary of the Doctors Hospital shooting please read tomorrow's Ledger-Enquirer or log back on to www.ledger-enquirer.com. Also, check out Monday's newspaper for the full interview with Deputy Alicia Davenport.