October 20, 2013

Take time to honor law enforcement

It should have been routine, simple. But things are rarely routine in law enforcement.

U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth had to deliver some court papers in a civil case in Augusta. For reasons that still aren’t clear more than 200 years later, the men he was serving the papers on shot and killed him.

Forsyth’s death in 1794 was the first on-duty death of a law enforcement officer in Georgia history, and according to the website of the U.S. Marshals Service, Forsyth was the first federal marshal killed on duty.

If you go to Chatsworth City Park today for the Black Bear Festival, you’ll find Forsyth is the first name on the Georgia Law Enforcement Moving Memorial, which honors law enforcement officers who died on duty in Georgia. It is followed by the names of more than 600 other men and women, including Chatsworth Police Office Jonathan “Cole” Martin who died in an accident on duty 10 years ago and Murray County Sheriff Benjamin Keith, who was shot and killed in 1907 while apprehending a man wanted for murder.

Everyone on that list made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities and their state. They deserve to be remembered, and their families deserve to know that Georgia’s citizens appreciate their legacies.

The wall is sponsored by the Blue Knight Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club Georgia Chapter 7 and the Georgia Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, and they deserve our thanks for allowing us to honor these fallen officers.

The Black Bear Festival is a time for family and friends and fun. But if you go, please take some time out from your festivities to go by the memorial and pay respects to the officers who gave their lives protecting this state.

Text Only
  • Dalton council should seek answers

    Judicial elections in this area are usually pretty staid. In fact, they are generally nonexistent, since most judges run unopposed.

    July 21, 2014

  • Letter: Something to think about

    It has been better than four months now since Malaysia Flight 370 went missing. During that time we have heard all kinds of speculation, conjecture and opinions as to what happened to it. The only certainties to emerge are that the Malaysians fumbled the ball early on and there are some understandably distressed loved ones left to deal with their losses.

    July 21, 2014

  • Don’t forget the runoff

    Most folks are either getting ready for or still recovering from their summer vacations. So it’s easy to forget that Tuesday is an election day. A runoff election day to be precise.

    July 20, 2014

  • Be excited about a new grocery store, but stay loyal to the Green Spot

    The Daily Citizen reported on the front page of the July 15 newspaper that Dalton could get a new grocery store.

    July 19, 2014

  • John O. Schwenn: Making college completion easier

    There are, within the state of Georgia, an estimated 1.1 million adults who started a college degree program and never finished.

    July 19, 2014

  • Guest column: Blevins supporter questions Wilbanks

    I support David Blevins in his campaign to be elected Conasauga Circuit Superior Court Judge on Tuesday, July 22. First, please get out and vote. Have a say in your local government.

    July 19, 2014

  • Citizens of the Week: Pleasant Grove Fire Station, Charles Crump

    Imagine this: One normal Thursday, you make preparations to bake a few dozen apple muffins for friends and neighbors, as you have countless times before. You bake the first batch without a hitch. Then, after you’ve placed the second batch in the oven, a loud noise sounds, your smoke alarm starts blaring, and your entire kitchen is full of smoke.

    July 18, 2014

  • A tournament to be proud of

    The scene Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Park looked similar to one we see each fall on Friday nights around northwest Georgia.

    July 17, 2014

  • Still time to vote early

    Summertime, and the living is hectic.

    July 15, 2014

  • Mark Millican: Down with the berry picking blues

    It was there, and then it wasn’t — and Mr. Gravity took over.

    July 15, 2014