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Six officers from Nashville recognized for evacuating residents before the Christmas Day explosion
ByHarshal 27 Dec 2020 10:18 AM 35

Six officers with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department are being praised for helping people to evacuate a neighborhood before an RV exploded on Christmas Day.

The officers are Brenna Hosey, James Luellen, Michael Sipos, Amanda Topping, James Wells, and Sergeant Timothy Miller.

The Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County disclosed the name of the individual officer recognizing them.

Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Officers were responding to a report of shots fired Friday when they encountered the RV blaring a recorded warning that a bomb would detonate in 15 minutes. These officers helped evacuate nearby buildings and called in the bomb squad. The RV exploded shortly afterward; Drake added.

According to officers, this blast was intentional but don’t yet know a motive or target. Officers didn’t get any threat call before the explosion.

The chief said investigators at the scene "have found a tissue that we believe could remain, but we’ll have that examined and let you know at that time." Police could not say whether it potentially came from someone inside the RV.

Cooper said, three people were rushed to the nearby hospitals for treatment and are in stable condition now.

The blast sent black smoke and flames billowing from the heart of downtown Nashville’s tourist scene, an area packed with honky-tonks, restaurants, and shops. Buildings shook and windows shattered streets away from the explosion near a building owned by AT&T that lies one block from the company's office tower, a landmark in downtown.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee tweeted in his post that the state would provide the resources necessary "to determine what happened and who was responsible."

The American Red Cross of Tennessee announced that it was working with officials to open a shelter for victims.

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