Law enforcement from all over the state and beyond gathered to remember fallen Clayton County Police Officer Sean Callahan. The Clayton County rookie officer was gunned down earlier this week in the line the duty.
Callahan was about see his life-long dream of becoming a police officer come true, but the 24-year-old's life was cut short Monday when he became the first Clayton County officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty. He was trying to arrest a domestic violence suspect at a Stockbridge motel.
"He has given his life for something he loved. We love him. And as long as there are men and women in blue, no family member, be it cousin, uncle, brother, sister, mother or father will be without a loved one," said Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell.
Hundreds of people gathered at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta to say goodbye to Callahan.
Police Chief Greg Porter and Callahan's sister were among the speakers who brought words of comfort.
"One of the things that I plan to share with them today is that the power behind them is greater than any problem in front of them, including this," said Bell.
George Demas worked with Callahan for five years and knew first-hand how determined he was to become an officer.
"I tried to talk him out of it a couple of times. I was like, ‘Sean, do you really want to do this?' ‘Yeah man this is what I want to do,'" said Demas. "The last day that he was leaving up there, I hugged him twice and said, ‘Be careful.'"
Callahan's funeral began at 11 a.m. at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, with the church filled to capacity with friends, family and law enforcement -- some coming as far away as Virginia. He was laid to rest following the funeral at Winkerhofer Pine Ridge Memorial Park in Kennesaw.
205 N. Michigan Avenue Ground Floor Chicago, IL 60601 Station Operator: (312) 565-5532 Newsroom: (312)565-5533