Doraville, GA, November 14, 2016 – by Anna Williams for The Post – Doraville Police Detective Robert Shane Wilson was killed in the line of duty on November 14, 2011 when his vehicle was struck head-on by a drunk driver. Detective Wilson, as part of the Doraville SWAT team, had been contacted by dispatchers and directed to respond to a Doraville home invasion call. The crash occurred as he drove to the scene.
On November 14, 2016, Residents, city and state dignitaries and law enforcement officers, along with a large contingency of Doraville Police Department (DPD) officers, joined Mayor Donna Pittman at a ceremony at Doraville City Hall in memory of Detective Wilson. Mayor Pittman presented a city proclamation to Wilson’s family and unveiled a memorial plaque that will be placed on a bridge spanning I-20 in DeKalb County near the crash site.
“The men and women who wear the uniform have a very special place in our heart,” said Mayor Pittman while paying homage to Detective Wilson and all DPD officers. “Not one day is guaranteed to those who have chosen this path…they all recognize this and yet they pursue their job with passion, loyalty and a sense of pride in helping others.”
Wilson’s memory was also honored earlier this year at the Georgia State Capitol with a resolution presented by Georgia State Senator Steve Henson. The memorial plaque is a direct result of that resolution. Securing this type of honor can be a lengthy process, says the City of Doraville, but Mayor Pittman was able to work closely with the Georgia Department of Transportation to expedite permission for securing the plaque and placing it near the crash site.
“We are so grateful to be able to honor Shane with this plaque that will be placed near the spot marking the end of his ‘last watch’,” Mayor Pittman added. “With the dedication of this bridge, we can keep his memory alive for decades to come.”
Officer Tommy Burns with the Cobb County Honor Guard played Amazing Grace on the bagpipes, followed by a reception in Doraville City Hall Council Chambers.