AG, city say thanks to law officers

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 20, 2006

Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram added another name to the city's monument of fallen officers, and Attorney General Troy King offered a message of thanks during Friday's Law Enforcement Memorial Service.

The ceremony was held at the First Baptist Church's Family Life Center. Afterwards, a procession of officers and civilians made the drive to Sunrise Cemetery to lay a wreath on the grave of Gary Wayne Heath, who lost his life in the line of duty. In 1994, Heath, 25, was shot and killed at the Amoco station on Highway 10, the victim of a robbery attempt by a man who later committed suicide. In 1968, Officer Joe Herring, 32, was killed when he was thrown from his motorcycle in pursuit of a vehicle.

Ingram said a recent search of archived issues of The Greenville Advocate and Montgomery Advertiser revealed an incident where another Greenville police officer was killed while on duty.

In 1904, an officer named George Brien was shot to death during an altercation. Ingram said his name would also be added to the monument commemorating those who have died in service to the city.

King said he had come to simply say ‘thank you' to Greenville's police officers and members of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

&#8220We don't say it enough,” he said. &#8220And we have a message to your families, who share you with the state of Alabama – we want to thank them to.”