Georgia State Troopers Return From Presidential Inauguration

January 27, 2009

(ATLANTA)—Fifty members of the Georgia State Patrol returned home Wednesday night after serving as part of the largest security detail for a presidential inauguration in our nation’s history. The troopers had been in Washington, DC since Sunday.

During their duty assignments, the troopers worked in partnership with the uniformed division of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department to provide security along the Inaugural parade route and also with crowd control.  The Metropolitan Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for ensuring the safe and uneventful progression of the Inaugural Parade and with assisting the U.S. Secret Service with security at the hotels hosting the Inaugural Balls.  GSP personnel supplemented the uniformed presence during the Inauguration.

"It was a distinct honor for the Georgia State Patrol to be invited to take part in the historic 56th Inauguration and the troopers who attended did a great job," said Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety.  Long hours during the day Tuesday coupled with extreme temperatures made their jobs uncomfortable. Colonel Hitchens noted, "We are all proud of those who participated, and in particular their diligence and perseverance under difficult circumstances.  The troopers are to be commended for a job well done."

Colonel Hitchens said planning for the security assignment began in November when the Georgia State Patrol was invited to again assist with Inaugural security by Metro Police.  The Georgia State Patrol also provided a security assignment for the 55th Inaugural in January 2005.

All expenses for the Inaugural detail, including the troopers’ salaries, travel, meals, and lodging, are being reimbursed to the Department by Metropolitan Police.



EDITORS: The troopers from the Georgia State Patrol assigned to the Inaugural detail and their area assignments are listed below should you wish to follow-up for a local perspective.

Capt. Eddie Grier, Thomaston
Lt. Samuel Brown, Headquarters – Atlanta
Lt. Paul Cosper, Headquarters – Atlanta
SFC Scott Andrews, Washington
SFC Keith Collins, Perry
SFC Jason Johnson, Thomson
Sgt. Kevin Johnson, Jasper
Sgt. Ritchie Howard, Madison
Sgt. Garrett Fiveash, GA Public Safety Training Center
Sgt. Marvin Prince, Marietta
Sgt. Brad Mosher, Swainsboro
Cpl. Scott McClure, Cuthbert
Cpl. Tommy Barron, Rincon
Cpl. Michael Stewart, Villa Rica
Cpl. Crystal Griffin, Milledgeville
Cpl. Daniel Fagan, Forest Park
TFC Stephen Langham, Cartersville
TFC Jason Geddie, Lafayette
Tpr. Rodney Curtis, Cartersville
TFC Todd Hinson, Cumming
TFC Jordan Stamey, Gainesville
S/Tpr. Jim Andrews, Toccoa
TFC James Shirah, Athens
Tpr. Carlos Searcy, Atlanta
TFC Stephanie Lankford, Marietta
S/Tpr. Bernard Bradshaw, Atlanta
TFC Nathan Truitt, Forsyth
TFC Robert Thompson, Thomaston
TFC T. L. Roberts, Griffin
TFC Kimballee Thompson, Villa Rica
TFC Mark Cabe, Milledgeville
TFC Brent Marxsen, Washington
S/Tpr. Ronnie Shuemake, Dublin
TFC Derrick Duckworth, Reidsville
TFC Carl Hutchinson, Statesboro
TFC Chris Palmer, Statesboro
TFC Craig Singletary, Thomasville
TFC John Jackson, Colquitt
TFC Andrew McKenzie, Albany
M/Tpr. Rufus Grace, Albany
TFC Michael Lewis, Americus
TFC Melvin Simmons, Tifton
TFC Jason Ellis, Cordele
TFC Victor Mobley, Douglas
TFC Chad Gray, Rincon
TFC Chris Davis, Jekyll Island
TFC Rodney Rozier, Brunswick
TFC Quincy Melvin, Hinesville
TFC John Threat, Douglas
TFC Renia Wooten, Atlanta



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