Badge number of fallen officer reassigned to his sister 13 years after death
The badge number of a fallen Paterson police officer has been reassigned to his sister 13 years after his death.
For Bevennia Franklin, serving Paterson is part of her family's legacy. Her father Larry was the first African American captain in the city's fire department. And her brother Tyron Franklin was a police officer.
Tyron Franklin was on the job for just eight months before he was shot and killed in the line of duty in 2007.
“It’s a bittersweet moment, but it’s also an honor to have a young lady step up and fill in for her brother,” says Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh.
The mayor was on hand as Tyron’s badge number was reassigned to his sister – his memory keeping her going.
“Each time I thought I couldn’t do a pushup or I thought I couldn’t make it through the process or pass a test or go through all the things I had to go through, I knew he was with me because it became easier than I thought,” Bevennia says.
Those who knew Tyron say that the badge reassignment is an extraordinary moment for the department and the Franklin family.
"You are a special person. I know you will shine in the Paterson Police Department. And you are our future,” says Paterson Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale. “Your brother is looking down on you today at this proud moment, because we are all proud of you. We are all proud of him. And we are all proud of the Franklin family."
Tyron’s son pinned badge No. 4637 on his aunt during the ceremony.
“And I know that when I step out on the streets of Paterson to serve my community, I know that he will be with me as well, not only in representing his badge, but also there protesting me while I protect and serve this city,” Bevennia says.
This was the first time in Paterson's history a badge reassignment ceremony took place. Bevennia is set to graduate from the police academy at the end of December.