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Fallen Decatur county officer remembered

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

DECATUR COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Jesse Griffin stood over his father's grave Wednesday remembering the good ol' days.

"I just look up to him so much. He's the biggest role model I have. I could never find a fault in him," says Jesse Griffin proudly.

But Robert Griffen was more than a loving father.

He was a proud deputy for the Decatur County Sheriff's office.

"Robert was always someone you could count on. He was a good deputy. He always went above and beyond the call of duty," said Captain Eddie Williams.

" He just loved life. He has a great family. It was a tragic loss for all of us," said Sheriff Wiley Griffin.

Robert Griffen died last year responding to an early morning call.

A 14-year-old boy was about to commit suicide.

" I'm sure that's what was on his mind. Getting there and saving that boy. And we don't know, probably will never know what happened that day in the car," said Capt. Williams.

But on his way to save a life, he lost his own.

"I mean I don't think there's any greater sacrifice then to give your life for someone else," says his son Jesse.

Thursday the Decatur County sheriff's office and his closest family members will travel to Forsyth for a special memorial service honoring six Georgia officers who died in the line of duty in 2008. Including one of their own.

Jesse says everyday is tough. A day doesn't go by without his father crossing his mind.

But he says, his dad would want him to keep on living everyday to the fullest.

"I know his moto is get back up, get back 10/8. Which means get back in service. That's what the deputies, that's what we use around here," Jesse said.

Words of a man who died doing what he loved, serving his community.

Robert Griffin is not the only officer to die in the line of duty in Decatur county.

On October 28, 1980, Lt. James M. West Sr. was stabbed by a mental patient that was to be transported to Southwestern State Hospital.

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