It’s been a week since Owensboro police officer Zach Morris was shot by a home owner while responding to a suspicious person call.
As the investigation, and his recovery continues, his hometown of Greenville is keeping him in their thoughts.
It’s more than 40 miles from Greenville to Owensboro. But last week’s shooting of Officer Morris affected many in Muhlenberg County very closely.
“We were terrified,” said Delanna Moore worked with Zach Morris at Muhlenberg county 9-1-1 for two years, and whose family was close with him.
“I was in tears because I’ve known Zach for a while, my kids went to high school with him and he also works with my son in law at Owensboro P.D,.” says Moore. She describes Zach as a lot of fun to be around. She was relieved when she heard Zach was out of the hospital. The incident felt by her, and the rest of the first responder family across the county.
“When you’re a police officer and even when you’re a dispatcher, you’re all family. So, it’s like if your family is injured,” Moore says.
Morris graduated from Muhlenberg County High School, where Principal Donna Bumps says he was someone who was happy and delightful and someone who cared about others.
“I can remember when Zach was first hired there and he happened to stop by at the high school and saw him in his uniform one of the first few times. He just wanted to stop by to be a mentor to some of the kids who happened to be here,” Bumps says.
As Morris recovers, Bumps says the family’s holding up well. She adds she’s happy Morris will recover.
“I’m happy to know he’ll be back in action,” she says.
“We’re all here for him,” Moore adds.