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Macon SWAT Names Armored Vehicle for Lt. Cotton

This year's conference of the Georgia Tactical Officers Association has been dedicated to Lt. Mark Cotton, who served on the group's board and died suddenly this year at the city's police training center.

To honor their colleague, Macon SWAT members named their armored vehicle "Mark 1" for Lt. Cotton and put his badge number on the ramming bar.

Macon showed off their SWAT vehicle at this year's conference, which gathers officers from across the state of Georgia and features vendors selling everything from trucks, to guns, to bulletproof vests.

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The event also featured a "Three Gun Shootout" at the Bibb County Training Range, which had officers vying for the fasting racing from the shotgun, to the rifle, to the pistol.

The conference has been held in Macon since 2009, in large part due to Cotton's request, and the group plans on meeting here for at least the next five years.

Macon's new truck has already been put to use in last Monday's would-be hostage situation.  Police used the truck to ram in the door, but found no one inside, and the situation was handled safely.

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