Lt. Governor Cagle Honors Local Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders in Gainesville

September 11, 2015

(GAINESVILLE)– Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Sheriff Gerald Couch hosted an appreciation breakfast this morning for local law enforcement officers and first responders. The event held at the First Baptist Church included State Senator Butch Miller, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, State Senator Tyler Harper and President of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Sheriff Steve Wilson.  

The sheriffs and elected officials at the appreciation event all offered their support for law enforcement officers and first responders on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle:
“On this anniversary of the September 11th attacks, I hope we will all take a step back and reflect on the critical role our law enforcement officers and first responders play in communities across our state. These brave men and women dedicate their lives each and every day to making sure that our fellow citizens remain safe. I am grateful for their service and I am honored to be able to serve them as Lt. Governor.”
Sheriff Gerald Couch:
“As conflicts arise and chaos grows, first responders choose to willingly enter harm’s way.  They serve without prejudice and unwavering professionalism.  Simply put the old adage “to serve and protect” has never been more relevant than in these uncertain times. I am proud to work with these fine men and women that are truly unsung heroes.”
State Senator Butch Miller:
“A hero is not measured in the size or strength of individual, but rather the sacrifice they give for others. Our first responders do just that and I am so glad we take time to honor and recognize their servant heart. Our community and state will be a better place to grow and thrive for generations to come thanks to the selfless work these men and women do.”
State Senator Tyler Harper, Chairman, Public Safety Committee:
“September 11th marks the anniversary of one of the greatest tragedies to ever occur on American soil. We must give pause as a nation to remember those who lost their lives on that infamous day and those men and women who continue to serve these United States in the interest of public safety; they all truly embody the meaning of selflessness and sacrifice. As we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, Georgian’s must never take for granted the individuals who so nobly protect the citizens of our nation and this great state.”
Sheriff Steve Wilson, President of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association, Walker County, Georgia.
“Again this year, the sheriffs of Georgia are honored to join our Lt. Governor as he pays tribute to the many law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The women and men of our public safety family place themselves in harms way every day in order to uphold the law, to protect and prevent the ravaging effects of fires and other disasters and to provide emergency medical care to our citizens. We greatly appreciate their dedication to our safety and this most appropriate public recognition by Lt. Governor Cagle is truly appreciated.” 
There are a total of approximately 54,000 Certified Peace Officers in the state of Georgia. Approximately 40,000 of these officers are local officers, with about 18,000 officers employed by the sheriffs’ offices as deputy sheriffs and jail officers, and 22,000 officers working at police departments. The remaining 14,000 officers in Georgia work for state agencies, such as the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, State Corrections, Department of Natural Resources, and others.
                 In Georgia’s history there have been 683 law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty. This year alone, Georgia has lost five of those officers.
                 In conjunction with the event this week, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle wrote an op-ed titled Law Enforcement Officers Have Earned Our Respect. You can read the op-ed here.
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle speaking in Gainesville.

From left to right, Operations Chief for Hall County Fire Department, Rod Wilson, Gainesville Police Department School Resource Officer Joel Carter, Lt Governor Casey Cagle, Georgia State Patrol Corporal Austin Allen, Hall County Sheriff’s Office Donald McDuffie, Sheriff Gerald Couch, President of Georgia Sheriffs' Association, Sheriff Steve Wilson and Chairman of Public Safety Committee, State Senator Tyler Harper.