City of Wilmington Welcomes Officer Justin Wilkers on His Return to Active Duty
Posted on 08/15/2013 4:04 pm
The Wilmington Department of Police celebrated Officer Justin Wilkers return to active street duty with a private ceremony at the William T. McLaughlin Public Safety Building.
Six months and ten days after sustaining a gunshot wound to the face during a routine traffic stop, Officer Wilkers sat with fellow officers from his shift in full uniform, ready to start a tour of duty. Mayor Dennis P. Williams and Chief Christine R. Dunning offered comments to the crowd of police officers and family members who assembled in the multipurpose room at Wilmington Police Headquarters.
“I am glad that Officer Justin Wilkers is back and that he is 100%,” said Mayor Williams. “Officer Wilkers’ return is a testament to his strength, courage and commitment to the protecting and serving the City of Wilmington.”
Chief Dunning expressed relief that Officer Wilkers had returned to duty, “On that terrible day, he displayed tremendous sheer will and determination as he fought to survive. He has continued to show that determination and dedication in his remarkable return to duty in such a short period of time. We applaud the commitment, courage, and perseverance exemplified by Officer Justin Wilkers on that day and throughout his recuperation.”
Officer Wilkers, his partner Corporal Kevin Murphy, and Master Corporal Brian Witte received commendations for their actions on the day following Officer Wilkers being shot. Officer Wilkers’ shift, “E” Platoon, also received a distinguished unit citation for their actions.
Through the Department, Officer Wilkers expressed his gratitude for the outpouring of public support, “It is incredible to know that there are so many people who kept my family and I in their thoughts and prayers. We truly thank you. I look forward to returning to work and doing the job I signed up for: serving the City of Wilmington as a police officer.”