Wiedmer: Peyton a welcome visitor for our town's finest

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning accepts the award for best record-breaking performance at the ESPY Awards earlier this month in Los Angeles.

Assigned to guard the crime scene at the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway late Saturday evening, Chattanooga policeman Joe Silva was taking a quick phone call from his father when a fellow officer tapped him on the shoulder.

Said the officer to Silva: "Peyton Manning wants to talk to you."

Sure enough, there stood the most popular football player in University of Tennessee history, offering his right hand for a handshake and heartfelt condolences for the Thursday morning terrorist murder of four Marines and Randall Smith, a Navy petty officer who was a friend of Silva's from both men's service in the Navy reserve.