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Song honors life of fallen Hopkinsville officer

The city of Hopkinsville, Kentucky tonight continues to mourn the loss of Officer Phillip Meacham, who was shot while off-duty last week. And tonight, we're learning of a special tribute to Officer Meacham.

It's a song composed by a Muhlenberg County teenager, based on a poem written by a Tri-State sheriff.
People sing for many reasons. On this day, Courtney Peveler sings to remember.

"This is the first time I've sang someone else's song before," Peveler says.

The song, 'Officer Down', done in dedication to Officer Meacham. She composed the music to the poem she saw on Facebook a few days after his death.

"I was, like, 'Wow' It just hit me harder is what I'm trying to say when you hear about that, and coming from a policeman's voice or point of view," says Peveler. The clip was viewed nearly 14,000 times as of Monday afternoon, and shared hundreds of times more since last Saturday. She wrote the music.

"As soon as I read it, I was like, 'Oh, I know how this should sound.' I heard it," Peveler says.
Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee wrote the words the morning after Officer Meacham died.

"That poem was written through tears," Sheriff McGehee says. "I was thinking of his family, of his colleagues, the men and women who work with him. The Hopkinsville Police Department. I was thinking of how our entire community through western Kentucky was affected by the death of this officer."

Sheriff McGehee was touched after hearing her song, and hopes it helps those who knew Officer Meacham, and others killed in the line of duty.

"For a teenager to pick up on that poem, and take it to heart and then to think that teenager wants to get that message out to the community, it just gives me hope in humanity and our young people."

This isn't the first time Sheriff McGehee wrote a poem after the passing of a law enforcement officer.
He wrote a prayer in honor of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Ponder after his death in Lyon County less than three years ago.

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(This story was originally published on April 2, 2018)


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