Gov. Deal Honors Bibb Deputy Killed in 1918 in the Line of Duty

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by Tom George, 13WMAZ.com

STORY HIGHLIGHTS:

- Bibb Co. Deputy Franklin Leland Williams was killed in the line of duty in August 1918.

- This week, his name was put on a memorial wall at the Ga. Public Safety Training facility in Forsyth.

- Governor Nathan Deal presented Williams' family with a plaque.


On a Sunday in August of 1918, Bibb County Deputy Franklin Leland Williams, along with his brother who was also a deputy, was sent to a call about a possible gambling ring in downtown Macon.

When Williams went in the front door, a man shot him. While he was able to return fire which later killed that man, Williams died in the line of duty.

Almost 95 years later, his actions were honored by having his name put on a memorial wall at the Georgia Public Safety Training facility in Forsyth.

Williams' grandson was on hand as Governor Nathan Deal presented the family with a plaque.

Sheriff David Davis says while a lot has changed since Williams lost his life in the line of duty, it served as a reminder that becoming a police officer is always dangerous.

More recently, the county has last three officers in the line of duty in the last six years.

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