CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Friends, family and coworkers of the late Chatham County Sheriff Al St Lawrence are paying their respects to a man who dedicated more than a half century to law enforcement.
The visitation is happening until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Even before the scheduled start, the parking lot at Fox and Weeks on Hodgson Memorial Drive was filling up with those who are paying tribute to Sheriff Al St Lawrence.
The father of seven, grandfather of 16, and great-grandfather of six, Sheriff Al St Lawrence honored family first. WTOC spoke to his wife of 15 years, Pat, who talked about her late husband's love for his family, and law enforcement.
Al St Lawrence was the only member in law enforcement in the state to be named Police Chief of the Year and Sheriff of the Year over a career.
Pat St Lawrence says this was the order of things in life for her husband: family, the Georgia Bulldogs and law enforcement.
"That was, that was his order of things, was always family first. And he loved his Bulldogs, win or lose. And the law was his life. He just couldn't dream of doing anything else," said Pat St Lawrence.
Dozens of members of law enforcement, and not just from the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, are mixed in with the names of family and friends on the pages of the visitor signature books. There's been a steady flow of people since the visitation started several hours ago for the late Chatham County Sheriff Al St Lawrence.
Pat St Lawrence also spoke about his battle with cancer, and how despite going through treatments how he still stayed very much involved with his office, the office he's led as sheriff since 1992.
"I want him to be remembered for his fairness, and his integrity and his love of the people of Chatham County, and his love of law enforcement. He dedicated so many years to it. And he, he loved that place. It was like a second home to him," said Pat St Lawrence.
The family of Al St Lawrence requests anyone wanting to make a donation, to make that donation to the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes in his honor.