many as 300 law enforcement officers are expected to join 21 recruits of the Savannah-Chatham
Metropolitan Police Department who take to the street Thursday to
remember a Georgia State Patrol trooper killed in the line of duty in the
enforcement officers from across the state are expected to join in the run to
honor Trooper Ronald E. O'Neal. He was 39 and a 13-year veteran of the Georgia
State Patrol when he died in a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 95 in Liberty
County Jan. 10, 1984. He left a wife and two children.
He will be
remembered in the quarterly Run to Remember conducted by graduating Classes
265-266 as they complete their 19 weeks of training to become SCMPD officers.
They will be pinned as SCMPD officers in a ceremony the same day at 3 p.m.. The
run was established in 2010 to honor one of the 51 law enforcement officers
from Chatham County who have died in the line of duty.
The run will
begin at 10 a.m. in front of Police Headquarters at 201 Habersham Street and
conclude a mile and a half away at the Savannah History Museum Battlefield Park
at West Liberty Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard.
the public, current officers and members of surrounding departments are invited
to participate in the run. Runners are asked to begin convening at 8:30 a.m. in
the parking lot at Habersham Street and Oglethorpe Avenue.
will conclude the event at Battlefield Park.
wishing to join the run is asked to contact training officer Aaron Washington
at AWashington@savannaga.gov in
advance for planning purposes.