Bibb County Honors Whitehead | News
The Bibb County Sheriff's Department remembered one of its own Wednesday, five years after he was killled during a drug raid.
On March 23, 2006, Deputy Joseph Whitehead was shot and killed while a team of law enforcement officers served a no-knock search warrant on a Macon home.
Investigators believed drugs were being sold out of the home.
The Bibb County sheriff's office today remembered Whitehead with a brief ceremony in the lobby of the county law enforcement complex.
Chief Deputy David Davis called Whitehead a dedicated officer who never shirked his duty: "He will always be missed, and he will never be forgotten. As long as anybody serves at this sheriff's office, he will never be forgotten. And as the plaque behind me attributes, as long as any person serves, these people will not be forgotten."
Davis also paid tribute to Whitehead's character.
"He was one of the most genuine people that you could meet," Davis said. "He was an extremely caring, considerate and respectful man, and all of us who worked with him in any capacity here at the sheriff's office can attest to that."
Pastor Rick Lanford serves as a chaplain for the sheriff's department. He remembered Whitehead as a friend and religious person.
"We're here today because you were a friend of Joseph Whitehead," Lanford said. "I was a friend of Joseph Whitehead. Joseph Whitehead was a friend to God."
Two Macon men, Antron Fair and Damon Jolly, now face the death penalty in the case. They are still awaiting trial as their lawyers have filed numerous motions in the case. The Georgia Supreme Court has twice heard arguments on pre-trial motions.
Dist. Atty. Greg Winters said he continues preparing for their trial.
"We may have a trial this year," Winters said. "But I believe realistically the case will be in 2012."
The Rev. Ronald Terry, also a sheriff's chaplain, prayed for peace for Whitehead's family and friends.
"The Lord bless you and the Lord keep you and the Lord lift up his countenance upon you," Terry said. "The Lord give you peace in your going and your coming, in your hours of pain and pleasure, your moments of leisure and laughter."
Sheriff Jerry Modena was not able to attend due to a family emergency, the sheriff's office said.