Wife of slain Birmingham Police sergeant to be guest of honor at SOTU

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    The wife of slain Birmingham Police sergeant Wytasha Carter will be an Alabama U.S. representative's guest to President Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday.

    Mrs. Tiphanie Carter, Sgt. Carter's wife of 21 years, will join Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) at the annual event in Washington D.C.

    “This State of the Union I am honored to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifices of our law enforcement officers. Sergeant Wytasha Carter was the kind of man that we all hope our sons grow up to be – a devoted and passionate father, husband, co-worker and member of the Birmingham community. His service truly represents the best of Alabama’s 7th District,” Sewell said in a statement. “I’m honored his wife Mrs. Tiphanie Carter will join me at the State of the Union. My congressional colleagues need to hear her story and act to prevent the senseless gun violence afflicting our communities.”

    “I am blessed to be chosen to represent Alabama’s 7th District at the State of the Union. I am humbled by Representative Terri Sewell for honoring my husband Sergeant Wytasha Carter and his sacrifice to his community and law enforcement,” Mrs. Carter said in the statement. “This honoring provides comfort to our family in knowing his life’s work, service and sacrifice were not in vain. Thank you, Representative Sewell, for being a voice not only for my husband, but for the entire law enforcement family.”

    Sgt. Carter was fatally shot on Jan. 13 while on duty in Birmingham. He left behind his wife and two children. He served the Birmingham Police Department for nearly eight years.

    Rep. Sewell honored Sgt. Carter's life in a speech on the House Floor in late January.

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