Williams says when he was told about Carter’s murder, he had trouble processing the news.
“To get that see … at first it was kind of like I didn’t believe it because at the time, in my mind I was thinking … we talked a few days before and I thought he was off that day, ” Williams said. “I thought it was bad information, that they didn’t know he didn’t work that day … and got the mistaken person. Until I actually stepped into the emergency room, and realise his wife- that’s when it came to me. It’s a feeling that you are just numb- it didn’t truly sink in.”
Williams says Carter culminated up at the scene of the suspected burglary that night because he “didn’t believe in supervising from the precinct” and it was “something he had to do from a personal standpoint.”
“He was the different types where…if we are shorthanded,[ his attitude “couldve been”]’ I’m getting out here with my chaps, I’m policing right beside you, ’” Williams said. “He was willing to get out there and work side by side with patrol police, that’s why he was there that night.”
The friendship between the two officers goes back times, to when they firstly met in high school.
Carter, a member and later a rhythm major with Phillips High School’s marching band, and Williams, then enrolled in an ROTC program at the school, would be among the only students on institution anchors in the early mornings, for ensemble and instruct rehearse, respectively.
“At 5:30 a.m ., 6 a.m. in the morning he still had a smile on his face, he was joking around, ” Williams said.
They kept in touch over the years and Williams helped Carter with his give to the Birmingham Police Department. He likewise ran as a corrections officer with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, and had stints with the Leeds and Fairfield Police Departments.
“Everywhere he went he was a leader, ” Williams said. “Every department he worked in … he was that go-to person that the other parties would lean on for support.”
Carter too made headlines in 2016 for represent one of three officers who saved two young girls trapped in the rubble of a dwelling whose roof and chimney had collapsed.
The city of Birmingham, in a post on its website about Carter’s death, excerpted other colleagues’ remembrances of how Carter liked to sing, especially gospel music. Another role he took on was instructing children’s basketball and baseball teams for the Police Athletic Team league.
“He experienced the ability to do good for other beings and turn young person around, ” said Dwayne Thompson, a Birmingham crime prevention officer. “He wanted to see the city move forward.’’div >