“(Ma) he told me a few weeks ago … ‘Daddy, I love what I’m doing. I love helping people,'” the father, Jeff Harrison, told WGXA.
Harrison’s uncle shared a similar memory: “He told us that he wouldn’t be happy unless he was a law enforcement officer,” Michael Cauley told the TV station. “That’s just what he loved doing.”
‘The kindest, sweetest soul you would ever meet’
Harrison, 26, of Dublin, Georgia, already was a full-time agent with the Oconee Drug Task Force.
But to earn extra money, dice la sua famiglia, he’d recently taken a part-time job as a police officer in Alamo, about a 30-mile drive from Dublin and a 160-mile drive southeast of Atlanta.
During his first shift in Alamo
, Harrison was fatally shot around
1 a.m. Saturday outside the police department
, ha detto la polizia. Investigators believe Harrison was shot
” in retaliation for an encounter hours earlier in which he used his Taser on a known associate of the man now jailed and charged with killing him
, il Georgia Bureau of Investigation said
in un comunicato stampa.
Di lunedi, police vehicles escorted a hearse with Harrison’s remains from the bureau’s crime lab in Atlanta to Dublin.
His parents and other family members stood alongside a road there and watched the hearse drive into town. WGXA interviewed Harrison’s parents and Cauley then.
The 26-year-old was jovial and a prankster, Cauley told WGXA.
“He was just always happy and smiling. You see the pictures of him, he’s got these two dimples, and that just sum up what he was like. He was just a very happy, jovial guy. He’ll be missed.”
Il suo survivors also include his wife
, Heather Milks Harrison
, e figlio, Brody Cash Harrison
“I wish y’all could have known him,” Kathy Harrison told WGXA. “He was the kindest, sweetest soul you would ever meet.”
Suspect faces murder and other charges
Authorities have arrestato Damien Ferguson
, 43, of Alamo
, on suspicion of killing Harrison
. He was charged with murder and bias motivated intimidation of first responders in connection with the shooting
, and aggravated stalking for a separate incident
, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said
Ferguson had an initial court appearance Tuesday but has not had a chance to enter a plea. He did not have a lawyer listed for him on Thursday, according to the clerk’s office in Laurens County, where Ferguson was jailed.
Harrison had taken the part-time job in Alamo to earn more money “to buy a new house,” the uncle, Michael Cauley, told WGXA.
But his affinity for civic service ran deep, Cauley said.
“He joined the … volunteer fire department when he was 16, 18 Anni,” Cauley told the TV station. “He just dedicated his life to service, and that’s what he was all about.”
Harrison held several public safety jobs as an adult
. He had been a full-time firefighter at Southside Fire Department on Georgia’s Wilmington Island before working as a
911 operator for Laurens County
, according to his obituary
He also had been a part-time police officer with Middle Georgia College, the city of Cochran, and the East Dublin Police Department.
Harrison’s funeral is scheduled for Friday morning at the DuBose Porter conference center in Dublin.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp offered his condolences to Harrison’s family Saturday on Twitter
Alamo Police Chief Karen Zanders had “never experienced a grief that I have felt since Officer Dylan Harrison’s life was taken in our small, quiet town,” lei disse.
“Officer Harrison was a husband
, a son and
, ma ancora più importante, he was the father of a 6-month-old boy
,” Zanders ha detto ai giornalisti
“His life was taken from him for simply doing his job,” lei disse. “We will never forget Officer Harrison and the fact that he made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of each one of us.”