Locating an Honoree
To locate a name on the memorial, first locate the name on the alphabetical list. In the last column, marked location, of each name is a three character code. The first letter (N or S) refers to the North or South column group. The number refers to the specific column within each group, from left to right. The second letter (L or R) refers to the column face, Left or Right in which the name appears.
EXAMPLE: Robert Forsyth S1L
S-South column group
1-Column number 1
L-Left face of that particular column
The Georgia Public Safety Memorial was established to recognize Georgia's Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, Corrections Officers, Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Management Agency Personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. These brave men and women were dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, the protection of life and property and the proud tradition of the public safety services. The people of Georgia are eternally grateful to those who have sacrificed so much.
JUNE 10, 1997
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for a friend."
The Georgia Public Safety Memorial proudly displays the names of all those brave men and women honored for their dedication and sacrifice to the citizens of the State of Georgia. Above the names that are etched in granite is the theme of the Memorial, "WITH HONOR THEY SERVED". Each of the individuals listed did just that. They served with HONOR, with COURAGE, with DIGNITY, and with concern for their fellow man.
The earliest known line of duty death in our State, and for that matter the entire country, occurred January 11, 1794. A U.S. Marshal named Robert Forsyth was shot and killed while serving a civil warrant near Augusta. Marshal Forsyth was one of the original 13 U.S. Marshals appointed by President George Washington. But this is only part of the story. At the time of his death, Marshal Forsyth had a 14 year old son named John. John Forsyth, this son of a slain Georgia law enforcement officer, was elected Governor of Georgia in 1827. And, in 1834, he was appointed Secretary of State by President Andrew Jackson and served in that capacity for seven years. As a result, both Forsyth County and the City of Forsyth were named after Robert Forsyth's son. It is quite ironic, but altogether appropriate, that the Georgia Public Safety Memorial which proudly bears the name of Robert Forsyth will be forevermore located in the community named in honor of his son.
The Georgia Public Safety Memorial Committee
The Georgia Public Safety Memorial Committee developed the selection criteria and standards used in honoring those public safety personnel who died as the result of the direct and proximate cause of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty or which arose out of and a result of such public safety officer's performance of official duties. This group is also responsible for the solicitation and acceptance of donations, contributions, and gifts of money and property on behalf of the Center and the Board of Public Safety for the purposes of maintaining the Georgia Public Safety Memorial. The Committee shall consist of one representative from each of the following organizations and two citizens at large members:
Georgia Sheriffs' Association
State Board of Pardons and Parole
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division
Georgia Fire Chiefs Association
Georgia Prison Wardens Association
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
Georgia Department of Public Safety
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Georgia Department of Corrections
Georgia State Firefighters Association
Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia
Peace Officers Association of Georgia
Fraternal Order of Police
Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services
Georgia Firefighter Standards & Training Council
Georgia Department of Public Health-State Office of EMS & Trauma
Georgia Department of Transportation
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Georgia Emergency Management Agency
Police Benevolent Association of Georgia
Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council
Georgia State Patrol Historical Society
Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council