Georgia’s Newest FOP Lodge
Welcome to the newly formed Fannin County Sheriff’s Lodge 111. National Trustee Carlton Stallings assisted 24 new members in becoming the charter members of this Lodge in beautiful Blue Ridge, Georgia. Also in attendance were State Lodge Secretary Steve Gaynor and Past State President Steve Bollinger.
2017 Law Enforcement Ride
Georgia Blue Knights Chapter 7
The Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA) held it’s T3 Law Enforcement meeting which included private sector security members and law enforcement partners who gathered in Savannah, Ga. on December 5-7, 2016.
TAPA traditionally chooses a local charity and donated items are offered during a silent auction in which the proceeds are donated to the chosen charity. TAPA chose the FOP Foundation which is run by the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police. The FOP Foundation exists to support Officers in need and families of fallen officers.
TAPA presented the FOP Foundation with a $4,000 check. Thank you TAPA for your generous donation to help support Law Enforcement!
Newest 2017 Chair for the Southern States Association
is our own State President Carlton Stallings.
The name of fallen police officer Francis Manuel Ortega will grace the Pine Lake Post Office in the tiny DeKalb city starting Aug. 27, 2016. Ortega, a Georgia Regional Hospital police corporal, was working a part time job with the Pine Lake Police Force when he was gunned down Aug. 11, 2005 in front of the post office at Rockbridge Road and Spring Drive during a routine traffic stop.
He was backing up a fellow officer who had pulled over Cedric O’Neal Gordon of Wisconsin for a traffic violation. Gordon, who was wanted for violating his supervised release from prison, shot and killed Ortega before taking his own life. At his death, Ortega, 25, had a six-year-old son, Frankey, and an 18-month-old daughter, Kaylie. He is also survived by his parents, Francisco and Luz Ortega and his sister Joann.
US Rep. Hank Johnson, sponsored H.R. 3274 calling for the post office to be renamed in honor of Ortega. He said Ortega made the ultimate sacrifice. “He gave his life for the protection of his community,” said Johnson, who DeKalb’s District 5 Commissioner when Ortega was killed. “Officer Ortega’s commitment to justice and willingness to face danger when others turned away, his desire to stand up for what was right – not what was easy, and his compassion for those in need should be applauded, commended and recognized in perpetuity.”
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