Collierville Police Officer Phillip Redwine was given the Purple Heart Award during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting for serious injuries he sustained earlier this year while in the line of duty.
Collierville Police Chief Dale Lane presented Redwine with one of the “most distinguished awards” on Monday night in front of colleagues, family members and town leaders.
On Feb. 14, Redwine was checking a suspicious vehicle near a business in the 3600 block of Houston Levee. The vehicle was occupied by two male suspects.
As he was attempting to interview the driver, the suspect put the vehicle in reverse and backed up at a high rate of speed, striking Redwine.
The force from the vehicle caused Officer Redwine to be thrown to the ground, striking his head, and causing him to lose consciousness.
He was transported to the hospital where he spent several days in the ICU with a fractured skull.
Redwine was severely injured while serving the residents of the Town of Collierville.
One of the most recognized and respected awards that can be given, the Purple Heart Award, was presented to Redwine for the extensive injuries he received while on duty. In addition, in cooperation with Rep. Kevin Vaughn’s office, Redwine also received a State of Tennessee proclamation for his actions.