Lori Thompson hurts deeply over the loss of her son, former Twiggs County Deputy Richard Daniels. The 27-year-old officer died after a 30 foot oak tree fell on his patrol car during a routine
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"Losing an officer or losing a child is an extremely hard thing to do. Because he was an officer, the respect and the dignity that is given to them through this process is very honoring to our family,” said Thompson.
Major John Wagner of the Warner Robins Police Department says when an officer goes down in the line of public service they all take an emotional hit. No matter the distance between them, a sense of brotherhood goes with wearing the badge.
"Crime crosses borders. We talk to these officers daily and they're one of our brothers. Granted we may wear different uniforms, but we're all on the same team and we play the same game and when one of us goes down it affects all of us," said Wagner.
Lori Thompson hopes to instill her son's compassionate heart in his infant daughter.
"Richard has always been one that wanted to help. He's always been involved with the volunteer fire departments, rescue and he's love that and I think if we can help his daughter understand anything about him as she grows up it will be that his desire was to help others," said Thompson.