Family questions why officer isn’t on memorial
by The Associated Press
May 05, 2012 12:00 AM | 610 views | 2 2 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORAVILLE — Family members of a police officer killed while responding to a home invasion call say they were devastated to learn his name won’t be part of the Georgia Public Safety Memorial.

Shane Wilson, 27, was the overnight on-call detective and was responding to a home invasion call in November when he was struck and killed by an SUV headed the wrong way on Interstate 20, Doraville Police have said.

Wilson’s relatives were preparing for the Public Safety Memorial ceremony in Forsyth this week and learned by chance that a memorial committee had decided to leave his name off the memorial, they told WSB-TV. His widow, Katy Wilson, says she doesn’t understand the decision.

“I don’t see how people could be that heartless,” she said.

Criteria for being part of the Georgia memorial includes having been killed in the line of duty, Tim Bearden, director of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, told WSB.

The committee will reconsider whether to add Wilson’s name, Bearden said, but that would not happen until next year
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May 05, 2012
In our current society emotion overcomes standards. How many times do we see flags lowered to honor non-military or law enforcement. Heck, they migt even lower flags nowadays to honor a celebrity who died. Its all about feelings. If this officer's death did not meet the standard, then it did not meet the standard. Its not a case of being heartless. If we are not careful, the honor will eventually mean nothing. Sort of like the folks who just wear a cross as a piece of jewelry.
May 05, 2012
What part of "responding to a home invasion call" is NOT in the line of duty?? Does that mean that he could have stopped off for a meal, or gone home for a nap and a shower, before actually arriving at the home in question, since he was somehow not on duty?? What brain-dead person made THAT decision???
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