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Henry County Observes Peace Officers’ Week

Henry County Observes Peace Officers’ Week
Pictured at the Peace Officers’ Memorial Service in front of the Henry County Government Annex in McDonough is Henry County Interim Police Chief Keith Nichols at the podium, surrounded by (l. to r.) Mike Barton, instructor with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, State Representative Steve Davis, Senator John Douglas, County Commission Chairman Elizabeth ‘B.J.’ Mathis and Henry County Sheriff Keith McBrayer.

Henry County hosted a special observance for Peace Officers’ Week with a Peace Officers’ Memorial Day service held May 14, in front of the Henry County Government Annex in McDonough. A special remembrance was paid to Henry County’s fallen officers, including Sergeant Jimmy Gilbert, Officer Charles “Chuck” Haist, Deputy Marvin Scarlett, and Officer James “Jimmy” Carter.

Henry County Police Officer, Lt. Vance Rosen, who helped organize the service, talked about the importance of remembering the fallen officers as “heroes.” Henry County Interim Police Chief Keith Nichols spoke on the significance of Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

“Today we are gathered to honor and remember the officers and the deputies who have given the ultimate of sacrifices,” said Nichols.

County Commission Chairman, Elizabeth ‘B.J.’ Mathis also addressed the crowd.

“We’re gathered here today to remember the men and women of law enforcement who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and to especially remember the three men, Jimmy Gilbert, Chuck Haist and Marvin Scarlett, whose names will be forever engraved on the hearts of this department and this community, and also recently, the loss of Jimmy Carter,” said Mathis. “Law enforcement is often a thankless job, but it is also one of the most honorable professions you can choose.”

Henry County Sheriff, Keith McBrayer, addressed those in attendance and Senator John Douglas presented a resolution to family members of Officer Carter, honoring his service in law enforcement. State Representative Steve Davis and Mike Barton, an instructor with the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, made brief remarks during the solemn service before the flag was lowered and a symbolic last call was issued to the fallen officers over the police radio.

Earlier this month, the Henry County Board of Commissioners proclaimed the Week of May 10th through the 16th as Peace Officer’s Week, which coincided with the national observance of Peace Officers’ Week, as recognized by state and federal governments. The proclamation was presented at the May 4 regular meeting. Peace Officers’ Week commemorates law enforcement officers, past and present, and recognizes their faithful service and loyal dedication to their communities.

There is a Public Safety Memorial located at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia, which lists the names of all officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. A memorial ceremony will be held on May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the training center. For more information, visit www.gpstc.org.

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