SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Saturday, our community came together to remember a hero who gave his life while protecting ours.
In the early morning hours of May 25, Savannah Police Officer Anthony Christie was dispatched to help with a serious accident on I-16. That assignment would tragically be his last.
Christie, who was just 37-years-old, was also a Navy Veteran. He leaves behind his wife Nicole who must figure out a way to carry on without him. Fortunately, she won't be along in that struggle thanks to a group that's there for families of first responders killed in the line of duty.
The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire was formed in 2001 thanks to the vision of Tak Argentinis and it thrives today under the leadership of many other dedicated community leaders. Since its inception, the organization has helped more than 70 families of fallen first responders, providing them both immediate and long-term financial help. Their mission, while sounding simple, is critically vital. They care for those who care for us.
Consider this. In a day and age when many, at best, like to straddle the thin blue line, it is important that we support an organization like the 200 Club.
Officer Christie, like hundreds of others of our friends and neighbors, was willing to give of himself to protect and serve. We, as a community, must do what we can to give back and take care of those who take care of us.