Correctional Officer Wayne Herman Griglen

Correctional Officer Wayne Herman Griglen

Georgia Department of Corrections, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, February 27, 1997

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Wayne Herman Griglen

Correctional Officer Wayne Griglen, Correctional Officer Carlton Cherry, Correctional Officer Eddie Davis, and Sergeant Tommie Goggins were killed in an automobile crash while returning from an Emergency Response Team training class.

As they were driving on I-75, six miles south of Tifton, a tractor-trailer forced them off of the road and directly into 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 crash was charged with several offenses, including four counts of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Officer Griglen had served with the Georgia Department of Corrections for six years and was assigned to the Rutledge Correctional Institution. He is buried at the Green Acres Cemetery in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

routine driving

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