Sunday marks anniversary of Metro officer’s death on I-65

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – It was one year ago today a young Metro police officer with a bright future was kill in the line of the duty.

Officer Michael Petrina lost his life at the age of 25 when a driver failed to move over on the interstate.

It happened on Interstate 65 in Brentwood when Petrina was helping direct traffic for a Tennessee Department of Transportation help truck.

He was barely a year out of the Nashville Police Training Academy.

Last Friday, Metro police officers watched a short video honoring the young officer’s sacrifice. Immediately afterward, they memorialized him and his name.

The moving tribute was posted to YouTube by Metro police. Click here to watch.

Petrina’s firearm and plaque with his name now join the other 16 officers killed while in the line of duty, dating back to 1952.

“It’s our way of letting officers see we remember the sacrifices that were made,” said Deputy Chief Damian Huggins.

Petrina’s death started a national movement called #moveover to remind drivers to slow down when an emergency vehicle has its lights on.

The driver who struck Petrina, Dean Diver, was charged with reckless homicide following the crash. Petrina’s family recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the case.

Click here to read more about Officer Michael Petrina.

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