Interstate sign to honor APD Officer Thomas a possibility
Last year, Atlanta Police Senior Officer Gail Thomas was on duty and directing traffic on the Brookwood Interchange when she was killed by a drunk driver.
According to the Atlanta police, there is push from some local lawmakers to erect a sign honoring fallen Atlanta Police Senior Officer Gail Thomas at the interstate exchange where a drunk driver killed her in January 2012.
In addition to honoring the very popular and well-loved veteran officer, a tribute marker on the Brookwood Interchange that takes motorists from I-75 south to I-85 north near Midtown, would also be useful to 9-1-1 dispatch services in the metro area.
There is a similarly described interchange near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and sometimes police dispatchers face difficulties describing the appropriate area in need of service when taking emergency and non-emergency calls.
Thomas was killed on Jan. 24, 2012 when she was struck by a car driven by Chasity Jones, while assisting another officer during a single car accident on the interchange ramp.
Last month, Jones was sentenced to the maximum of 16 years in prison after admitted she was driving under the influence of alcohol during the accident and entering a non-negotiated guilty plea to one count of vehicular manslaughter.
In December 2012, the Atlanta Falcons honored Thomas, who served APD Zone 5 for many years, during a ceremony at home game at the Georgia Dome. The team’s tribute to the fallen officer is included with this article.