Fallen Georgia officers honored in DC

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Two fallen Georgia officers are being honored at the National Police Week services for law enforcement killed in the line of duty. Washington Correspondent Alana Austin remembers the lives of these fallen heroes.

“He was a man of integrity,” said Cindy McClelland, widow of Ludowici Police Chief Francis McClelland Jr.

This National Police Week, McClelland is remembered by his widow, Cindy, and his buddy, Assistant Chief Woodrow Mugrauer in Washington, DC. It’s during a weeklong set of services to pay tribute to those who die protecting and serving their communities.

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

Last September, a high-speed chase was underway in South Georgia – and Chief McClelland rushed to an intersection in Ludowici to help. The suspect struck and killed McClelland, and another man on a motorcycle, in the close-knit community.

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

Officers like McClelland are remembered this week – from candlelight vigils, to an 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.

Savannah Officer Anthony Christie’s name also etched into history.

“For me, this is part of the healing process,” said Savannah Police Captain Ben Herron.

Christie, a 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 Christie and McClelland were being honored in D.C., back home in Savannah, Sergeant Kelvin Ansari was shot and killed during a robbery investigation. He’s one more hero lost whose name will be added next year to the memorial wall.

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