I spent some time talking to Hoonah Police Chief John Millan yesterday as he stood along Front Street -- the same spot where two of his officers were shot and killed days before.
His voice quaked as he recalled arriving at the scene minutes after one of the officer's mother called "officer down" over her son's police radio. While the chief talked on his cell phone, Hoonah residents stopped to ask how he was doing. To give him hugs.
When two school kids approached, I could only hear half the conversation:
“No I’m fine thanks. I appreciate it. I appreciate it.”
“You guys doing OK?”
“I know you liked Tony and Matt, fellas, I know. Things going good at school?”
Millan today forwarded these pics of the roadside memorial to Sgt. Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka. Photos courtesy of Hoonah Police Department: