Wife of slain former Leeds officer to attend State of the Union

Sgt. Wytasha Carter served as a Leeds Police Officer for five years before joining the Birmingham Police Department.

The wife of Sgt. Wytasha Carter, a Birmingham police officer who was killed while on duty in January, will attend the State of the Union address as a guest of Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham. 

Sewell made the announcement on her website that Tiphanie Carter will accompany her to the State of the Union address to be held in Washington, D.C. tonight. 

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

Wytasha Carter, 44, was a Leeds police officer from 2002-2007. He moved on to the Birmingham Police Department where he served until his death on Jan. 13 in a shootout with suspected car thieves.

“This State of the Union, I am honored to pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifices of our law enforcement officers,” Sewell stated in her announcement. “Sgt. 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. 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.”

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