Cobb County Police Department
This page is dedicated to those Cobb County Police Officers who valiantly gave their lives in the line of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice serving the citizens of Cobb County.
This statue of a Cobb County Police Officer stands guard at the entryway to our memorial garden. It represents all Cobb County Police Officers past, present, and future.
It renders a permanent and everlasting salute to those who died in the performance of their duties.
Officer James Frederick (Freddie) Norman II 1963-2009
On April 17, 1988, Officer Norman was traveling on Pat Mell Road responding to a dispatch when his patrol car was stuck by another vehicle driven by an impaired juvenile. Injuries resulting from the accident ended Officer Norman’s law enforcement career and left him a quadriplegic.
On February 14, 2009 at 4:03 PM, Officer Norman died at Wellstar Cobb Hospital as a result from medical complications believed to be related to injuries suffered in the accident 20 years earlier. Officer Freddie Norman was 45 and lived in Austell, GA. Having a "never give up" attitude Officer Norman serves as an inspiration to all Cobb County Police Officers. The Cobb County Police Department honors the service and sacrifice of Officer Norman and his family.
Officer Stephen Gilner 1967-1999
Officer Stephen "Steve" Gilner was born January 6,1967, in Port Jefferson, New York. After graduating from high school in 1985, Steve immediately joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served four years with an engineering battalion before being honorably discharged in 1989.
Steve joined the Cobb County Police Department on July 5, 1992, and served as a uniform patrol officer, motorcycle officer and DUI Task Force officer. On April 23, 1998, Steve was selected to be a member to the prestigious Cobb County Police Department SWAT Team.
On July 23, 1999, Steve was assigned to the SWAT entry team to perform a hostage rescue of an elderly woman. The suspect, Greg Smith, had already shot one police officer earlier in the day and would not negotiate with the crisis negotiation team.
Upon entry to the residence the SWAT Team came under heavy gunfire at which time Sergeant Steve Reeves was fatally wounded. Steve, realizing Sergeant Reeves was hit, pulled him from the doorway and placed him outside the residence.
Steve then re-entered the residence to assist the other team members who were pinned down, but was fatally wounded by the suspect.
Approximately 16 hours after the situation began a Cobb County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team Marksmen killed the suspect, and the female hostage was freed unharmed.
Officer Stephen Gilner was posthumously awarded the Cobb County Police Department's Medal of Valor for his heroic actions. Officer Gilner was a faithful husband, father, son and brother and will never be forgotten by our department.
Sergeant Steven Matthew Reeves 1964-1999
Sergeant Steven Matthew "Steve" Reeves was born January 16, 1964, in Denver, Colorado. Moving to the Atlanta area at a young age, he attended Douglas County High School before graduating from the Cobb County School system in 1983. Steve joined the Cobb County Police Department on June 27, 1985. He was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau Precinct 3.
Steve was a member of the Army National Guard serving in the 20th Special Forces Group. In 1989, Steve was selected to be a member of the prestigious Cobb County Police Department SWAT Team. In 1991, Steve was awarded the Cobb County Police Department's Medal of Valor for placing himself at risk to save the life of another officer during an encounter with an armed car thief. In 1992 Steve, along with seven other officers were selected as the first members of the newly formed Tactical Team.
On July 23, 1999, Steve the supervisor of the SWAT entry team was tasked to perform a hostage rescue. The suspect, Greg Smith, had already shot one police officer and would not negotiate with the crisis negotiation team. Upon entry to the residence the SWAT Team came under heavy gunfire at which time Steve was fatally wounded. Officer Stephen Gilner was also killed during this same action. Approximately 16 hours after the situation began a Cobb County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team Marksmen killed the suspect, and the female hostage was freed unharmed.
The Cobb County Police Department posthumously awarded Steve his second Medal of Valor for his heroic actions. Steve personified the term hero and will never be forgotten by the many fortunate people that called him friend. A day does not pass that he is not remembered and deeply missed.
Officer Robert James Ingram 1969-1993
Officer Robert "Robbie" Ingram was born January 27, 1969, in Atlanta, Georgia. Robbie grew up in the area and graduated from Sprayberry High School in 1987.
Robbie attended Valdosta State University for one year, studying sports medicine before joining the United States Air Force in 1988. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1990, Robbie joined the Cobb County Police Department on March 31, 1991.
Assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau, Robbie was sent to Precinct 3 for training, and upon completion of his training, was assigned to Precinct 1 Morning Watch.
On July 13,1993, while checking a suspicious person near the railroad tracks in the Elizabeth area, Robbie was shot to death by a man who had recently been released from prison. He had a .380 caliber automatic handgun hidden in a bag he was carrying.
The suspect then stole Robbie's police cruiser to make his getaway. Around daylight on July 13, 1993, the police cruiser was abandoned near the Marietta City Club. Not long after the police cruiser was found George Russell Henry was taken into custody on Atlanta Road south of Marietta. George Henry now awaits execution on Georgia's death row.
Robbie, 24, was killed only a few short months after he married and was the first officer to be killed by a firearm in the line of duty. He was well liked and respected as a top notch officer by all who knew him.
Officer Robbie Ingram was posthumously awarded the Cobb County Police Department's Medal of Valor.
Officer Drew Haynes Brown 1954-1983
Officer Drew Haynes Brown was born July 5, 1954, in Thomaston, Georgia. Drew attended O'Keefe High School, then moved to Marietta and graduated from Osborne High School. He was attending Kennesaw College studying business law at the time of his death.
Drew was the son of Elmore "Buddy" Haynes Brown who was a detective with the department in the 1960's and 1970's. Drew joined the Cobb County Police Department on September 26, 1977.
His first assignment as a uniform officer was at Precinct 2 in Mableton. In 1983, Drew was assigned to the newly created Marietta Cobb DUI Task Force and became one of its first members.
On December 17, 1983, while Drew was operating radar in the median on Highway 41 northbound, north of Blue Springs Road, a drunk driver struck the rear of his patrol vehicle. Drew was killed instantly when his vehicle exploded.
Officer Drew Brown was posthumously awarded the Cobb County Police Department's Medal of Valor in February 1984 and also was awarded the Cobb County Bar Association 1984 Officer of the Year Award. For six years a scholarship was awarded to a deserving student in Drew's memory at Kennesaw College.
In 1993 a new award was added to the department's annual awards ceremony. This award, known as the Drew Brown Community Service Award, is presented to a deserving officer who displays outstanding service to the department and the community as a whole. It has been part of the awards ceremony ever since.
Lieutenant John William Hood 1891-1960
Lieutenant John William Hood was born in April 1891 in Milton County, which is now north Fulton County. When he grew up he dedicated his life to law enforcement and service to the residents of Cobb County.
During his career he was a Cobb County Sheriff's Deputy and a Warden in the correctional system. Hood then joined the Cobb County Police Department in 1945 and held various assignments there.
Shortly after midnight on June 18, 1960, Lt. Hood responded to a call concerning drag racing on State Highway 120 east of Marietta, known today as Roswell Road.
With emergency lights and siren operating, Lt. Hood's patrol car crested a hill on Roswell Road and was hit head on by one of the two racing vehicles.
An 18-year-old was driving the vehicle on the wrong side of the road and traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour when he hit Lt. Hood.
The teenage driver did not survive the accident. Lt. Hood was rushed to Kennestone Hospital where he struggled to live for another seven days. On June 25, 1960, Lt. Hood died from his injuries. He was 69 years old and one month away from retirement.
Lt. Hood was the first Cobb County Police Officer to die in the line of duty. Those who knew him admired him. Now retired Lt. Harold Davis described him as "one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to work with."