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One by one and greeted with a hero’s welcome entered officers from Cleveland’s second district. The honoring took place Wednesday night at the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s association on West 58th Street.

It involved all the officer involved with saving Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. The officers said they were in shock, like the public, when they got the news that Berry might be alive.

“You don’t know if its going to be a hoax or not,” said Officer Michael Tracy among the first to respond. “I was hoping it was her. I was hoping it was real.”

One of the first faces the women had seen in 10 years was that of officer Barbara Johnson. “Michelle [Knight] hugged me first. You can’t describe the feeling when someone is clutching you and saying don’t let me go.”

Officer Anthony Espada was the first to enter the home. He doesn’t wear an “S” on his chest but he’s a human with plenty of emotion. “I tried to do my best to broadcast all the information over the radio without actually breaking down because I was on the verge,” he said.

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Officers Honored By Union For Efforts Rescuing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus And Michelle Knight  was originally published on praisecleveland.com