Although they deal with sometimes dangerous issues daily, the death of a law enforcement officer often touches more than just family and friends. Four deceased conservation rangers of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be honored in a special ceremony on May 19 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.
“Conservation rangers, like all law enforcement officers, have multiple connections to the public that they serve,” said Col. Eddie Henderson, Director of the Law Enforcement Division. “We are grateful to have these men forever recognized on this memorial along with other fallen heroes.”
The Georgia Public Safety Memorial, located at GPSTC, provides opportunity to honor all state officers killed in the line of duty. These same names already are recognized on the National Memorial in Washington, DC.
Four rangers, whose stories and information were only recently found, are the latest from DNR to be honored.
James Hiram Waller (killed in action 8-20-27): Waller was ambushed and shot while patrolling the Ogeechee River in Chatham County. A suspect was arrested, but never officially charged with murder.
Lonnie F. Boggus (killed in action 8-21-30): Boggus was shot and killed in Newton County while checking the fishing license of a suspect he previously had sent to prison for illegally seining fish. The suspect and his brother were both arrested in connection to the murder.
Asa Edwin Thornton (killed in action 5-19-62): Thornton was killed when his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver while he was on patrol in Bibb County.
Charles Callaway Mercer (killed in action 11-28-68): Mercer was killed in a traffic incident while on patrol in Houston County.
In total, there are eight Georgia DNR rangers recognized as having died in the line of duty. Earlier names, already listed on both monuments, include Robert Clayton Sizemore, William Earl Hobbs, William Lee Bryant and Rocky Daren Wainwright. More on these, and other officers, available at https://www.odmp.org .
For more information, visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at www.nleomf.org . They are worthy of our memory.