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Street dedicated to Sgt. Bobby Crapse in Pembroke

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PEMBROKE, GA (WTOC) -

Bryan County and the city of Pembroke honored the memory of Sgt. Bobby Crapse Friday morning with a street dedication.

WTOC was at the emotional ceremony. Sgt. Crapse's name is now forever a part of Pembroke.

His family was on hand as a street was dedicated to the memory of the late Bryan County sheriff's deputy, who almost one year to the day, June 15, 2012, was killed after his patrol car was struck head on by an alleged drunk driver.

Even this honor doesn't dull the pain for those who knew and loved Sgt. Bobby Crapse the most. 

"I want to hear him say 'Mom' again," Becky Crapse told WTOC.

It's one mother's wish. Becky Crapse can't shake the date of June 15.

"It's been hard. Everyday is a battle. I've lost a lot of people in my life but to lose a child it's a totally different feeling. Not a day goes by I don't think of him," she said.

"It's devastating. Something you never recover from. I've learned to deal with it," Sgt. Matthew Lynn told WTOC.

For 16 years, Lynn called Crapse his friend.

"He will be missed. He is missed and will never be forgotten," Bryan County Lt. David Blige told a crowd assembled Friday morning.

The Crapse family, his co-workers and friends, and the Pembroke community were together again. Even Sgt. Crapse's K-9 partner, Seppe, was in attendance. This time, it was not to mourn, but to celebrate the life of Sgt. Crapse.

Along with his three children, Becky Crapse helped unveil her son's new street sign, Sgt. Robert W. Crapse Drive.

"There are no words to express it. It's emotional. I'm grateful. A lot of people loved him. Proud of him and I know he's looking down on us right now," Becky Crapse told WTOC.

"Everytime someone comes to the jail, they'll be reminded of Sgt. Crapse," Sgt. Lynn said. 

Sgt. Crapse got his start in the Bryan County Sheriff's Department as a jailor. His road leads to the jail. Sgt. Lynn says when he sees the sign, one word comes to mind.

"Honor," he said. "Everytime I look up and see that it will be honor. I ride 95 and see his memorial, it will be honor. That's what he stood for that's what he worked for."

The sign can't take the place of the man.

"We're not complete without him," Becky Crapse said.

But for Sgt. Crapse's mom, while the sign was not a surprise, the amount of support was.

"I am overwhelmed by the love and care they gave my son," she said. 

Becky Crapse expects to  feel more than just the love of a community.

"It'll be like going down 95. I'll feel his spirit here like when we pass mile marker 96," she said. "We feel him."

Bobby Crapse was 32 years old when he was killed in that crash. He is survived by his wife and three children. His friend, Sgt. Matt Lynn, called him a pillar of the Pembroke community.

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