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Deserved honor for Officer Hite

Citizen Staff Writer
Our Opinion

Tucson police Officer Erik Hite, who was killed on duty last June 1, has received another honor from a grateful community.

The Tucson Police Department last week awarded Hite its highest honor – the Medal of Honor for extreme gallantry.

Hite was shot in an apparent ambush on the Northeast Side as he tried to stop a man who authorities said had shot at several deputies and police officers. Hite died the next day.

After the ceremony at which the award was presented, widow Nohemy Hite said, “I’m just proud of my husband and thankful to the department for doing this.”

It is Tucsonans who owe a debt of thanks to Hite and to the other law enforcement officers who go to work every day to protect us.

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