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Funeral Monday for fallen APD Officer Gail Thomas


Posted on Jan 30, 2012

Hundreds of  law enforcement officers from around the state and Southeast are expected at the funeral Monday for Atlanta Police Senior Officer Gail Thomas, the second female Atlanta officer killed in the line of duty.
A police motorcade will gather outside Turner Field, at Pollard Boulevard between Hank Aaron Drive and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, at 9 a.m. and will leave at 9:45 to proceed to the church.
Thomas, 46, died late Tuesday night after being struck by a vehicle driven by a  suspected drunken driver as she exited her patrol car north of downtown Atlanta, according to police. The 20-year APD veteran, who had arrived to help another officer working an earlier accident, died at the scene.
The accident occurred on the ramp from I-75 southbound at I-85 northbound. The small stretch was closed temporarily early Saturday as investigators attempted to reconstruct the accident.
Chasity Jones, 22, of Stone Mountain remained in the Fulton County Jail on Monday, held without bond. Charges include first-degree homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence and reckless driving. Her next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 9.
A visitation for Thomas was held Sunday. The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church on Cascade Road in Atlanta. Burial will follow at Mount Harmony Cemetery on Veterans Memorial Parkway in Mableton.
Later in the week, Humble Heroes and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q will host a fundraiser to benefit Thomas' family on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Thomas leaves to mourn a daughter, Jasmine, a 22-year-old Georgia Southern University student.
The APD said Saturday that  a trust fund also has been set up for Thomas' daughter. Donations can be made at Bank of America in the name of "Senior Police Officer Gail Thomas' Daughter's Trust."
-- Dispatch editor Angel K. Brooks contributed to this report.

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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia