Thursday, May 10, 2012
Dear Governor Deal, we need your assistance in correcting a mistake.
Dear Governor Deal,
As a citizen, mayor and a former public safety officer, I am extremely disappointed to learn that Detective Shane Wilson's name is being left off the Georgia Public Safety Memorial. As you are well aware, Detective Shane Wilson was tragically killed in November 2011 while en route to a home invasion call.
While Detective Wilson was killed "on duty," he did not meet the Memorial committee's criteria of being killed "in the line of duty," according to Mr. Tim Bearden. To say Detective Wilson was killed "on duty" but not "in the line of duty," is offensive and arbitrary. For the family of Detective Wilson, our police department and the entire City of Doraville, it is completely unacceptable to leave this young man's name off of a slain officer's memorial because of a preposition.
On behalf of the City, I would like to take this opportunity to strongly urge you and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to add Detective Wilson's name as soon as possible. I trust you will share this letter with the governing body of that fine institution. This mistake, notwithstanding, I do applaud your many efforts to honor our State's brave men and women in blue, and I have the utmost confidence in your ability to rectify this situation. In doing so, you will be bringing much needed solace and a sense of closure to the family of Detective Shane Wilson.
Mayor Donna Pittman