Patrol Officer Frank A. Kania

Patrol Officer Frank A. Kania

Chatham County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, May 24, 1979

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Frank A. Kania

Officer Kania was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Ogeechee Road near the Savannah Speedway. The drunk driver crossed the center line, side-swiped the vehicle in front of Officer Kania, and then struck his vehicle head-on.

The drunk driver was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, and driving too fast for conditions. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison and 5 years probation.

Officer Kania had served with the Chatham County Police Department for 7 years and had previously served with the Savannah Police Department. He was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 5 years probation

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Officer Kania,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chatham County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

May 24, 2019

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