November 23, 2017

Fallen Heroes Tour Honors Deputy Cammon

Saturday marked the anniversary of the tragic automobile accident which claimed the life of Heard County Sheriff’s Deputy Willie Amos Cammon.

Over one hundred people including family, friends, and public safety workers gathered for the ceremony at Sheriff’s Office which featured a very special visit by the 2012 Fallen Heroes Tour.

The tour is organized yearly by the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, as well as the Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), and includes the wall that contains the names of 663 Georgia law enforcement officials lost in the state of Georgia.

Cammon’s name was unveiled as part of the wall during the ceremony. Originally planned as an all outdoor event some proceedings were moved inside the conference room at the fire headquarters due to rainy conditions.[gpslideshow]

Sheriff Ross Henry welcomed everyone, led the Pledge of Allegiance, and introduced Pastor Grady Woodruff who gave the invocation.

The Sheriff then introduced Ed Christian, the Chapter Seven President of the Blue Knights, who spoke to the gathering about the wall and its meaning.

“The biggest mission for us is the community. We want every community to understand you have 663 officers killed in the State of Georgia that belong to you just like they do to the department and the family,” stated Christian.

Henry then opened the floor for the family to share a few words. Cammon’s son Tony and his sister Willie Woodruff came forth to express gratitude to Sheriff Henry and everyone for all of the support  given to their family during the past year.

The  Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of  C.O.P.S., Roger Parker then shared a message:

Deputy Cammon died as he lived, serving and protecting those that he loved and cared for. On the morning of March 3, 2011 he went to work and whether he though about it or not by his actions he said, “I will do what needs to be done today no matter what it takes.” On that day fate demanded the ultimate sacrifice and for that we are thankful for his service. His death reminds us that we should not take our freedom and liberty for granted because it comes with a price and Deputy Cammon paid that price.~ Roger Parker

After Sheriff Henry’s closing remarks (video), refreshments were served before the unveiling of Deputy Cammon’s name on the wall by his son. Finally, a long procession led by Heard County Law Enforcement headed to Stateline Baptist Church cemetery in Glenn to place a flower on Cammon’s graveside.

Other Cammon family members who were in attendance included Tony’s wife Reywa, his two sons Tristan (13) and Bryce (3), Tommy Cammon and Shelia Hudson. To see more pictures of the service visit The Heard Citizen on facebook.

Sheriff Ross Henry Closing Remarks Cammon Memorial (03/03/12) from HeardCitizen.com on Vimeo.

Comments

  1. Teresa Bishop says:

    Sheriff Henry please know that you and Deputy Cammon’s family are in my prayers. This was such a tragedy and please know that everyone appreciates the job that Law Enforcement does.

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