Fire station's officer Bolton tribute "under investigation" - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Fire station's officer Bolton tribute "under investigation"

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A tribute at one Memphis fire station dedicated to fallen MPD Officer Sean Bolton is under investigation.

"A big gentle giant, that's what he was," MPD officer Andre Pruitt said.

Pruitt worked with Bolton, but decided not to attend his funeral.

“It's hard, especially when you know them personally," Pruitt said

Pruitt did join fellow officers, both in and out of uniform, for a memorial 5K through Overton Park.  He said he cried this week.

“If you can't show your emotions, you're not human," Pruitt said.

Some Memphis firefighters expressed their appreciation for Bolton by building a sign outside Fire Station 35 on South Mendenhall Road.

The black sign features a blue line and Bolton's badge number.

"These officers need our support,” Grace Skertich said.  “They needed it before this and they certainly need it now."

Skertich’s brother served with Bolton and couldn't believe the sign was the subject of an administrative investigation, but that is something the mayor's office confirmed.

"An investigation is being conducted,” a mayor’s spokesperson wrote in a statement.  “We won't comment on an open investigation."

"It's just ridiculous, really it is, it's just truly absurd,” Skertich said. “I mean, the audacity."

Firefighters said the investigation centers around whether city funds were used to build the sign. Another question is whether the firefighters had permission to build the sign on city property.

"To show support is showing support," officer Pruitt said.

That's all Pruitt felt he should say. 

The head of the Memphis Firefighters Association heard of the investigation, but he was not sure what it was about.

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