Fallen Ga. officers honored at nation’s capital during National Police Week

Fallen Ga. officers honored at nation’s capital during National Police Week

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) -Two fallen local Georgia officers are being honored during the National Police Week services for law enforcement killed in the line of duty.

This National Police Week, Chief Francis McClelland is remembered by his widow, Cindy, and his friend, Assistant Chief Woodrow Mugrauer in Washington D.C.

“He was a good husband, a good daddy and a good granddaddy,” said Cindy McClelland. “He was a man of integrity.”

Last September, a high-speed chase was underway in South Georgia when McClelland rushed to an intersection in Ludowici to help.

The suspect struck and killed McClelland, and another man on a motorcycle.

“He was an awesome man," said Woodrow Mugrauer. "We – to me, he will always be chief.”

Officers like McClelland are remembered this week: from candlelight vigils, to this annual peace officers’ memorial service at the U.S. Capitol.

In total, 158 officers were killed in the line of duty last year. Their names and legacies honored at this national memorial site for fallen law enforcement heroes.

Another Savannah Officer, Anthony Christie, was also etched into history.

The Navy veteran died on the job when his patrol car was struck by a tractor-trailer.

The heartbreak continues for his family and community.

While these two officers were being honored in D.C., back home in Savannah Sergeant Kelvin Ansari was shot and killed during a robbery investigation.

One more hero lost whose name will be added next year to the memorial wall.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also took time on Wednesday to remember the men and women who put themselves on the front lines to serve and protect our communities.

“We are eternally grateful for our local, state, and federal peace officers who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty, and our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of these fallen heroes,” said Governor Kemp.

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