By: Kara Duffy
October 8, 2013
Thomasville, GA - Dozens of Georgia State Patrol Troopers made their way to Donalsonville Tuesday to honor one of their own; who was taken far too soon; Trooper Charles Eugene Gray.
"In 1961 he was involved in an automobile accident in Calhoun County, coming back from Americus, with two other troopers from training," said Colonel Mark McDonough with the Georgia State Patrol, as well as Commissioner for the Department of Public Safety.
All three men were killed.
"This past year, we made a conscious decision to ensure that we honor the lives of all of the troopers that were killed in the line of duty," Colonel McDonough added.
They plan to do so by dedicating highways in their honor.
Trooper Gray's son, Joel, who was only nine years old when his father died, was at the ceremony to accept the honor on his father's behalf.
"I know my dad is looking down and smiling right now that he's being honored in this way," he said.
Following the ceremony, friends, family and troopers made their way to the highway for their first look at the newly named, 'Sergeant Charles Eugene Gray Memorial Highway.'
Officials say Trooper Gray's highway dedication was the first of four planned for this week.
The two other men who lost their lives in the same crash as Gray will also receive highway dedications, as well as a fourth fallen trooper.
State Troopers say they hope to honor all 27 of their fallen troopers within the next year.