Thousands attend funeral for fallen Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Norris
FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Friday marked a sad and somber day for Monroe County. Michael Norris, the first sheriff’s deputy to ever die in the line of duty, was laid to rest.
Monroe deputies carried the casket of one of their own inside the Georgia Public Safety Training Facility for the funeral. Thousands of law enforcement officials from across the state and members of the community packed the room to pay their final respects.
Norris’ longtime pastor, Elder Matt Yawn of Culloden Primitive Baptist Church, led the service. He called it one of the hardest funerals he’s ever officiated.
Yawn told the audience that this wasn’t suppose to happen, saying Norris recently married his wife Logan five months ago and that he loved his job.
Yawn said we are living in a broken, dark world and Norris was a gift of grace. He added this is a difficult time, but he urged everyone to remember Norris is in a better place.
“He is in the fullness of joy. We here are the ones who are broken hearted,” Yawn said. “Michael is enjoying eternal bliss in heaven. He’s in the presence of Jesus.”
Other speakers included Harris Blackwood with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. He spoke to the family on behalf of Governor Nathan Deal, calling this a tragic loss.
Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy William Jackson started the service. He shared funny stories and good memories of Norris. Jackson remembered Norris as a man who loved his family and he was a blessing to be around.
“He was man of dedication, honesty, and respect,” Jackson said. “The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the community, we’re definitely glad to have been a part of his life. We’re glad [for] what he gave to us.”
Jeff Wilson, the other deputy who responded to the suicide call on that tragic day, was at the funeral in a wheelchair. He received a standing ovation, after Jackson called him a hero and “the man.” The entire Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was in attendance to remember and honor its brother.
After the funeral, family, friends, and loved ones met at the Culloden City Cemetery where Deputy Norris was laid to rest.
United Bank, set up a fund for Norris’ wife, Logan. You can send donations to Post Office Box 1, Forsyth, GA 31029.