In honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the Griffin Police Department (GPD) last week recognized two of its officers who were killed in the line of duty more than 50 years ago. Plaques with their names were added to the GPD’s Prayer and Memorial Garden on West Poplar Street in front of the Police Department. The names of those officers are Oscar Atkinson, who died in 1928, and James Cody, who was killed in 1951. They are the only officers killed while wearing the GPD uniform, said Capt. Dwayne Jones.
Only officers killed in the line of duty are recognized this way, Jones said.
“It is important to remember those officers who served before us who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of the citizens of Griffin,” Jones said.
The 1,200-square-foot Prayer and Memorial Garden was established last December as a result of an idea by Carver Road Baptist Church. The monument was donated by Conner-Westbury Funeral Home.