Patrol Officer Frank A. Kania, Sr.

Patrol Officer Frank A. Kania, Sr.

Chatham County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, May 24, 1979

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Frank A. Kania, Sr.

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

DUI, vehicle crash

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Hey Papa Frank. I'm 22 now, and I'm engaged to an amazing man that I wish you could meet. He would have thought you were cool. You are the coolest grandpa ever, and I'm proud to call you my grandpa. I love and miss you

Brianna Kania

January 6, 2023

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