by Robin Kemp

The Clayton County Police Department held its annual Candlelight Vigil for fallen officers and deputies online due to COVID-19 concerns. Watch:

“The Candlelight Vigil is a representation of peace, honor, tranquility, respect, and love for those officers we have lost through the years,” CCPD said in a press release. “For the families of these fallen law enforcement officers, we are forever mindful of the sacrifices of your loved ones. They are always in our hearts and you will always be a part of this family. We shall never forget.”

The Clayton Crescent salutes those who gave their lives in the line of duty:

Fred E. Parker
Patrolman, Clayton County Police Department
EOW April 28, 1959: vehicle crash during chase

Judy Virginia Johnson
Crossing Guard, Clayton County Police Department

EOW January 12, 1979: struck by vehicle

Robert Gerald Bridges
Lieutenant, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office

EOW July 9, 1986: shot during training exercise

Michael Adair Davis
Sergeant, Clayton County Police Department

EOW October 18, 2005: vehicle crash during chase

Shawn Robert Newlin
Patrolman, Clayton County Police Department

EOW March 4, 2007: motorcycle crash during funeral escort

Richard Joseph Daly
Deputy, Clayton County Sheriff’s Office

EOW July 20, 2011: shot during traffic stop

Sean Louis Callahan
Patrolman, Clayton County Police Department

EOW December 18, 2012: shot during foot chase

Darryl Deon Wallace
Patrolman, Clayton County Police Department

EOW March 15, 2015: vehicle crash while responding to call

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