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Police Officer Ann Marie Guinta | DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

Police Officer

Ann Marie Guinta

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Saturday, July 20, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 1886

Cause: Automobile crash

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Officer Ann Guinta was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a report of a fight aboard a transit bus.

As she came over a slight hill on North Decatur Road near Gifford Drive, she swerved to the right to avoid striking a vehicle which was in the left-hand lane. Her patrol car clipped the back of the truck. Her patrol car went out of control and turned onto its side in a wooded ravine. The top of the patrol car struck a tree, pinning her inside.

Officer Guinta had been employed with the DeKalb County Police Department for five years, and is survived by her 6-year-old son.

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Ann, I miss you so much. Saturday, sitting at dinner with my partner, I noticed one of the waitresses was wearing an End of Watch memorial t-shirt. Ever since the moment I received the call about your End of Watch, I can't read or hear that phrase without choking up. This week has been a week full of those moments.

You know I became a foster dad this summer to a beautiful 15-year old who reminds me so much of you. Black hair. Brave. Perfect skin. Kind. Loud laugh. A survivor. Sweet soul. Police officer dreams. Since you and I met that night in the Home Depot parking lot, I have never known someone more intent on becoming a police officer, until now.

Last night we attended DPD Police Explorers for the first time. This kid is 15 years old and gets excited about a lot of things. But, never this excited. Keep watch for us!

I love you.
James

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James Fairchild
September 29, 2017

 

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