ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A large contingent of Law Enforcement officers will attend the funeral of slain Dougherty County Police Lt. Cliff Rouse at 2:00pm at Gillionville Baptist Church in Albany.
Rouse was shot and killed last Thursday following an armed robbery on Highway 82 just east of the Albany City limits.
Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says there will be an honor guard of present and past Dougherty County Police officers.
Cheek says officers across the country have responded. "We are looking to have an extremely large turnout for the funeral service tomorrow to pay tribute that Lt. Rouse deserves," said Cheek.
"It's been a tough last few days for all of us; some of which really helping us get through this... as we have just had a tremendous outpouring of support from the community and from law enforcement, not only local law enforcement. I have literally had emails and calls from as far away as the west coast. We know we've got officers coming in from as far away as Maryland. It's just amazing how this profession comes together as a time like this," the chief said.
The funeral will include full law enforcement honors including the "riderless Horse." The police honor guard will perform the flag folding ceremony.
Rouse was killed December 23rd following the robbery of the Pit Stop Convenience store. A suspect, 20-year-old Dontavius Raynard Thomas was found hiding under a mobile home near where Rouse was shot.
Chief Cheek says a Medal of Valor Commendation is being awarded Posthumously. His badge, number 27, will be permanently retired in his honor.
Here is a news release from the PBF--
The Police Benevolent Foundation establishes fund for fallen Dougherty County Police Officer Lt. Cliff Rouse
(December 27, 2010) -- The Police Benevolent Foundation (PBF) and the Police Benevolent Association of Georgia would like to express its deepest sympathy and compassion to the family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers of Dougherty County Police Officer Lieutenant Cliff Rouse. Rouse who was fatally shot while responding to an armed robbery call on Thursday December 23, 2010.
Lieutenant Rouse paid the ultimate sacrifice, and it is with a heavy heart that the PBF asks for the help of the community, both locally and nationally, to aid in their efforts to provide much needed support for this officer's family in their time of need.
An account has been established under the Police Benevolent Foundation entitled the "Lt. Cliff Rouse Memorial Fund" at Regions Bank. Donations can be made at any Regions Bank so that the public can assist in the efforts to provide financial support to Lieutenant Rouse's family. Donations can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation's website at www.pbfi.org. All donations made to this memorial fund are tax-deductible, and 100% of the funds will go to Lieutenant Rouse family.
The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text for the "Lt. Cliff Rouse Memorial Fund." You can help by texting the phrase COPS CLIFF to 85944. A $10 donation will be made through your cell phone bill. The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Lieutenant Rouse family will need all of us to rally behind them in these hard times.
The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization established by the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (SSPBA) in 2005. Established in 1987, SSPBA has been serving its membership for 20 years. SSPBA is not a union. It is an independent association with no national or international affiliations. The Foundation has a Board of Directors elected by the membership of the SSPBA. Foundation expenses are currently absorbed by Southern States PBA, making the Foundation one of very few such entities that gives 100% of the funds received to its intended purpose.