Raleigh honors officer who died 19 years ago in line of duty

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Following the recent ambush in Dallas that killed five police officers, a ceremony was held downtown on Monday in memory of one of the eight Raleigh officers who also gave his life in the line of duty.

Officers and family members of Detective Paul Hale were present at the memorial to remember a man who had followed in the footsteps of his grandfather to become a police officer.

Hale’s life came to an end 19 years ago Monday on a downtown street. Days after he was promoted to detective, he was shot to death by a murder suspect he was trying to apprehend.

Hale’s daughter was 10 years old when her father was killed. Jessie Tesh said she greatly remembers how her mother comforted her pain.

Tesh says they’ve tried to avoid marking the day her dad died. But Monday the time was right.

Now, 19 years later, Tesh stood next to her own son at her father’s memorial site.

“We haven’t done much in the past. It’s been a day we dreaded, so it’s nice to see the people here who loved him and cared about him,” Tesh said.

The ceremony was in dedication to not only Paul Hale, but also the five Dallas officers who lost their lives last week.

The memorial was erected last year, honoring the eight officers who’ve lost their lives protecting Raleigh and its citizens.

The department intends to hold a ceremony for the other seven officers on the anniversary date of their last “last watch.”

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