Doraville, GA. March 7, 2016 – The Post Reports – Georgia State Senator Steve Henson presented a resolution at the Capitol Monday, honoring the memory of fallen Doraville Police Detective Shane Wilson.
Detective Wilson, 27, was killed when his vehicle was struck head-on by a drunk driver on I-20 in DeKalb County on November 14, 2011. Detective Wilson was on call as part of the Doraville SWAT team and had been contacted by dispatchers, directing him to respond to a home invasion call in Doraville. The crash occurred as he drove to the scene.
“Shane was a courageous young officer of the highest caliber and a rising star in our police department,” said Mayor Donna Pittman. “He died just as he had lived, a hero.”
Members of Wilson’s family were joined by Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor, a group of State Senators, Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman, City Manager Shawn Gillen, Police Chief John King and representatives from the Doraville Police Department (DPD). The event was held in the Georgia Senate chambers.
As part of the resolution, a memorial plaque will now be placed on a bridge spanning I-20 near the crash site that claimed Detective Wilson’s life. Securing this type of honor can be a lengthy process, but Mayor Pittman was able to work closely with the Georgia Department of Transportation to expedite permission for securing the memorial plaque. An official on-site ceremony will be held when the plaque has been installed on the bridge.
Wilson began working at the DPD in 2003 as a dispatcher and became a sworn police officer in 2007. Two months prior to his death, he had been promoted to Detective Corporal.
Detective Wilson, along with other fallen officers, is honored each year during the annual Police Unity Tour bike ride held in May.
— From a prepared release reformatted for publication