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Sergeant Tommie Lee Goggins | Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

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Tommie Lee Goggins

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch: Thursday, February 27, 1997

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 13 years

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Cause: Automobile accident

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Sergeant Tommie Goggins, Officer Carlton Cherry, Officer Wayne Griglen, and Officer Eddie Davis were killed in an automobile accident while returning from an emergency response team training class.

As they were driving on I-75 a tractor trailer forced them off of the road and directly in the path of two tractor trailers heading in the opposite direction. Both semis struck the van simultaneously. Two of the officers were thrown from the van and the rest were trapped inside. Eight other officers who were riding in the van were hospitalized.

The driver of the semi that caused the accident was charged with several charges, including four counts of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

All of the officers work at the Rutledge Correctional Institution.

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I was stationed in Erlangen,Germany in the mid 70's . CSM Goggins was Sergeant Major of 2/37 Armor. I had the pleasure to be in his command. He was an exceptional man, very approachable . As busy as he was running a combat arms battalion, he always made time for anyone who needed it. I found out he had died just a few years ago when I tried to locate him on the internet. I was deeply saddened to read what had happened. I wish I could have attended the services for him. To his family, I offer my sincere condolences. And to all his friends and fellow Officers , I know what a great loss his passing was to you. He is in my thoughts and prayers frequently. God Bless the Sergeant Major.

sp/5 Tom Fogarty {former}
2/37 Armor 76-79
February 6, 2014

 

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