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Off. Melvin Collins, 2003

Cpl. Ray Christian, 1986

Off. Herbert D. Copeland, 1956

Off. R. N. Deaver, 1915

Off. Horace "Kid" E. Thompson, 1894

Off. Robert Massey, 1890

 


City Police Memorial a 'Labor of Respect'

The Brunswick News

May 19, 1995

By Lisa Schoolcraft, NewsStaff/Writer

Brunswick Police honored three of their fallen comrades this morning as they dedicated their new police memorial.  Located just east of the Brunswick Police Department headquarters on Mansfield Street, the Memorial is the realization of a dream of many officers, said BrunswickIn Memory of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Police Chief T.C. Cowan.

Paid for by the Brunswick Police Association, the memorial consists of a monument, four park benches and landscaping around the area.  "It is a lasting memorial for those officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Cowan during the morning dedication ceremony.  Association President, Lt. David Seawell said the memorial is the greatest fulfillment the association has achieved.

Project chairman, Lt. Artie Davis said the memorial was first proposed by former Police Chief Jimmy Carter in the 1980's.  The association raised the funds for the project and then found three Brunswick police officers had been killed in the line of duty since the 1900's.  Those officers are R.N. Deaver, H.D. Copeland, and Ray Christian.  "Three is still too many," Davis said.  "It is our sincere hope that no new names are added."  Davis said the memorial project was not a labor of love, rather a labor of respect and honor for Deaver, Copeland, and Christian.

 

A special Police Memorial Service is held each year in May to honor our fallen officers and a wreath is placed at the head of the monument by the Honor Guard.  The Chief of Police and Honor Guard also visit the gravesites of each of the fallen officers to place a memorial wreath in honor of their fallen comrades.  

Policeman's Prayer

Oh Almighty God, whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the Universe,

watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers.  Protect them from harm in

the performance of their duty to stop crime, robberies, riots and violence.

We pray, help them keep our streets and homes safe day and night.

We recommend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous.

Grant them your unending strength and courage in their daily assignments.

Dear God, protect these brave men and women, grant them your almighty protection,

unite them safely with their families after duty has ended.

Amen.