SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The goodbyes have been said and Sheriff Al St Lawrence is resting in peace after hundreds of folks filled the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist for the funeral of the Chatham County Sheriff, who passed away last week from cancer.
The service included many high-ranking officials across the state, such as State Representative Rom Stephens, a representative from the governor's office, in addition to many law enforcement agencies outside of Chatham County.
Nearly half of the cathedral was filled with law enforcement from all over the state. Family, friends, and colleagues spoke during the funeral, including Commission Chairman Al Scott and Interim Sheriff Roy Harris. A representative from the Governor's office read a letter from Gov. Nathan Deal, who couldn't be there.
The former Chief Deputy and Interim Sheriff spoke about the memories he will miss the most. Al St Lawrence was awarded "Sheriff of the Year" twice, including this year, and on Wednesday, we heard from the president of the Georgia Sheriff's Association.
"He's a decisive man of action who served all of us. Forgive me, but he is the man of Chatham County. For years, he's been the one person that if you needed something in this county, whether it was law enforcement or not, that's who we went to," said Terry Norris, President of Georgia Sheriff's Association.
"Sheriff St Lawrence upheld his duties with the highest standards of his profession," said Harris Blackwood, Governor's Office of Highway Safety.
Overall, the emotional funeral reflected on Al St Lawrence's achievements and dedication to serving Chatham County for more than 50 years. Father O'Brien conducted the service, and he too was a longtime friend of the Lawrence.
"Al would do anything humanly possible for you if he thought it was right - if he thought it was right - he would do it," said Father O'Brien.
"No matter if he was at work or at home, I could call him, he was there," said Interim Sheriff Harris.
"My father's priorities were family first and law enforcement second – he dedicated his life to law enforcement," said Carol St Lawrence Alexander, daughter.
For anyone wanting to make a donation in Sheriff Al St Lawrence's name to the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes, the address is Georgia Sheriff's Association, P.O. Box 1000, Stockbridge, GA 30281 or call 770.914.1076 or visit the website by clicking here.