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Fraternal Order of Police pays tribute to Mark MacPhail Sr.

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Mark MacPhail Jr. has reason to smile- at least today.

"It's great to know your not alone,"  MacPhail Jr. told WTOC. 

Georgia State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police held its annual conference here in Savannah, and today they dedicated the conference to the late officer, Mark MacPhail Sr.

The senior MacPhail was gunned down while working an off duty security job back in 1989.

Troy Anthony Davis was convicted and sent death row in 1991.

He's still there, appealing his conviction and hoping for a new trial.

Every step of process, Davis supporters are quite vocal and visible.

Just last week supporters asked Chatham County District Attorney Larry Chisolm to re-open the case.

FOP President Carlton Stallings says it's important that the MacPhail family also has support.

"Mark MacPhail was a hero," Stallings proclaimed, "defending the people of Savannah and Chatham County and gave his life doing that.  The family has had to relive that for the last twenty years."

Mary Henry was also at today's conference.  Henry started a Facebook page honoring MacPhail.  She wants people not to forget the sacrifice MacPhail made. 

"I felt like no one was paying attention to the hero of the story."

For Mark MacPhail Jr., getting this support means the world to him and his family.

"It's honoring my father," MacPhail told WTOC.  "People recognize that he is a fallen hero.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice and that has not been forgotten yet.  He's the victim and have his all."

The younger MacPhail went on to say the trials and appeals are causing lots of heartache for him and his family.

"We all hope that it ends soon," he insists.

He also hopes the memory of his father will continue to live on.

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