Hundreds pay final respects to fallen Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A long line did not stop hundreds of people from paying their respects at the visitation for fallen Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Norris.

There was a somber feeling in the air as people waiting in a long line to say goodbye to Norris.

“I’m just so sad that had happened, but life must go on and God will be with him,” Forsyth City Councilman Melvin Lawrence said.

“It’s gotta be a terrific loss because he was well thought of in the community and it’s a very sad event,” Jim Zellner said.

The line wrapped around the parking lot at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, but the crowd didn’t mind waiting.

“Deputy Norris had a strong relationship with the community and we wanted to give the community an opportunity to come and pay their last respects to the family and our deputy,” Carlos Ortiz, the Director of the Georgia Police Academy at GPSTC said.

Law enforcement from all across Georgia made the trip to Forsyth to remember a fallen brother in blue.

“There’s that [bond] that we all have as law enforcement officers in the law enforcement community,” Maj. Robert Grabowski with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office said. “It just brings a sadness about everybody because we are like a family and we all look out for one another.”

It is a gathering under the worst circumstances.

“They know what law enforcement officers go through. Every time they walk out the door that it may not be the time they come back. It may be their last time walking out that door,” Grabowski said.

But is shows the strength of a community coming together to support a fallen hero and his family.

Norris’ funeral is scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m. at the Georgia Public Training Center. Monroe County schools will be closing early because of the service.

There will be a procession happening in downtown Forsyth starting an hour before the funeral.

Deputy Norris will be buried in his hometown at the Culloden City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Culloden Primitive Baptist Church located at 270 Main Street or donations to C. Mo’s Kids at CMOSkids.org to enrich the lives of special needs children with outdoor experiences. United Bank, Post Office Box 1, Forsyth, GA 31029 has an account set up for Michael’s wife, Logan Norris.

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