JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - Gordon Lowe stood Tuesday, humbled by fellow law officers around the state. The Peace Officers Association of Georgia presented him with one of their highest honors. The Meritorius Service Award related more to his private life than his law enforcement career as a police officer in Statesboro and Metter as well as an agent with Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
For almost 20 years, he's traveled to high schools each prom season to warn them about underage drinking. He shows them a video of his stepson Jamey hanging decorations for a prom he never attended and Jamey's crashed car on Pulaski Highway. He died hours before the party from driving under the influence.
"I was sitting in the patrol car that day and heard them dispatch EMS, then heard my friends on the radio, calling for the coroner," Lowe recalled.
His continued effort touches fellow officers every time he speaks.
"He goes anywhere, any time at no charge. That's what a hero is, isn't it?," asked John Conley of the POAG.
"It's real and it can happen to anybody. I know other folks in law enforcement and it has happened to their family," Lowe stated. "I always have one person come up and hug my neck and tell me they appreciate it and that I helped them. Long as I get that, I'll keep doing it."
His willingness to share his tragedy and his drive to spare others from the same suffering earn Gordon Lowe a WTOC Hometown Hero