Residents, city and state dignitaries and law enforcement officers and a large contingency of Doraville Police Department (DPD) officers joined Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman at a ceremony Monday, November 14, at Doraville City Hall in memory of Doraville Police Detective Robert Shane Wilson.
Event highlights included Mayor Pittman presenting a city proclamation to Wilson’s family and the unveiling of a memorial plaque that will be placed on a bridge spanning I-20 in DeKalb County near the crash site where his vehicle was struck head-on by a drunk driver.
On November 14, 2011, Wilson was on call as part of the Doraville SWAT team and had been contacted by dispatchers and directed to respond to a home invasion call in Doraville and the crash occurred as he drove to the scene.
Mayor Pittman paid homage to Detective Wilson and all DPD offers by noting “The men and women who wear the uniform have a very special place in our heart. Not one day is guaranteed to those who have chosen this path…they all recognize this and yet they pursue their job with passion, loyalty and a sense of pride in helping others.
“We are so grateful to be able to honor Shane with this plaque that will be placed near the spot marking the end of his ‘last watch.’ With the dedication of this bridge, we can keep his memory alive for decades to come.”
The ceremony ended with Officer Tommy Burns, Cobb County Honor Guard, playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes, followed by a reception in Doraville City Hall Council Chambers.
Wilson’s memory was also honored earlier this year at the Georgia State Capitol with a resolution presented by Georgia State Senator Steve Henson. The memorial plaque is a direct result of that resolution. Securing this type of honor can be a lengthy process, but Mayor Pittman was able to work closely with the Georgia Department of Transportation to expedite permission for securing the plaque and placing it near the crash site.