By Asia Simone Burns – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Shaddi Abusaid – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Two Fulton County sheriff’s deputies were killed Tuesday morning in a crash involving a tractor-trailer on I-20 in east Georgia, officials said.
The fatal wreck happened shortly after 11 a.m. at exit 190 near Grovetown, Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman Lt. Stephanie Stallings said.
The deputies, identified Tuesday afternoon as Kenny Ingram and Anthony White, were on their way to pick up an inmate from the Augusta area when their Dodge Charger hit the back of a tractor-trailer that was stopped for traffic, authorities said. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.
“Please keep the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office family and the family members of all involved in your thoughts and prayers,” Stallings said.
According to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, both Ingram and White were assigned to the department’s Law Enforcement Division, which is responsible for transporting inmates to and from the county jail.
Ingram worked for the sheriff’s office for nearly 15 years while White’s eight-year work anniversary would have been in December.
“These men had a profound sense of duty throughout their distinguished careers with this agency and for us and this county, the loss of these deputies is devastating,” Sheriff Ted Jackson said in a statement.
The department’s volunteer chaplains are offering grief counseling to the deputies’ families, as well as their colleagues at the jail and courthouse. Their deaths prompted swift condolences from state leaders, including Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.
“Tragic news,” Kemp said in a tweet, asking for prayers for the families and colleagues of the deputies killed.
“The thoughts and prayers of all Georgians are with you,” Kemp said.
Fulton County Magistrate Judge Alex Manning said she was devastated by the deputies’ deaths.
“They were both great guys,” Manning told Channel 2 Action News. “I trusted them. I trusted them with my life. When I was at the jail or if they were at the courthouse, juvenile court or anywhere with me — they were both great guys and this is such a tragic loss. My heart is broken today.”