Son of fallen Phoenix Police officer donates duty-weapon to museum

A special memorial was held to remember and honor the sacrifice of 38 Phoenix Police officers who died in the line of duty, and their families.

It's a day that hits close to home for a member of the FOX 10 family.

Photojournalist Rick Davis was 22-years-old when his father was killed in the line of duty. He sat down to share his memories.

Rick is often the first photographer on breaking news scenes. He's used to being behind the camera, but now he sat down in front of the camera to talk about an important donation made to honor his father.

"When my father was shot in a bank robbery in 1982, I was 22 years old. I was a sophomore in college," said Rick Davis.

32-years later Davis looks just like his father, Phoenix Police Officer John Davis Senior.

"This was his service gun, small and special; this is what he carried on him," said Davis.

In 1982 Officer Davis and his partner Officer Ignacio Conchos were shot and killed by a bank robbery suspect.

"He was shot first, and Officer Conchos was hit, then my father fired a shot from this weapon," he said.

The custom made .357 snub nose is now a piece of history. The Davis family donated their hero's gun to the Phoenix Police Museum.

"I've been kicking this around for maybe ten years; this is a real sentimental gun for the family, my mother in particular. This is something we wanted to do when we could all look-back and have a lot of closure in the shooting," said Davis.

A selfless act, and another sacrifice from the Davis family.

"It's got to be hard, and he is just putting great trust in the Phoenix Police Museum that they will preserve it, they will share it, and it will be here forever for all to see," said Officer James Holmes.

"People can understand that it is what they do. It shows that there's someone out there trying to keep the peace... other families have had loved ones killed in the line of duty, they'll learn to appreciate their loved ones when they come to a museum like this, and see all the stuff that is here for people to see and recognize their loved ones as being heroes to the City of Phoenix," said Davis.

The Phoenix Police museum is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, there is no cost to visit.
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