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Last updated: December 30. 2013 11:22AM - 2116 Views
Andy Simmons Staff Columnist



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Another Christmas has come and gone and a new year is upon us.


While I’m hoping that everyone got the gifts that they desired, the LaGrange Police Department got the best gift of all … justice.


This past Monday, LaGrange Police, with the assistance of U.S. Marshals, were able to track down and capture two suspects that allegedly committed two murders on Dec. 13th.


I don’t know about you, but tracking down two fugitives within a span of ten days of their alleged crimes is quite a feat.


Not only that, but they were able to accomplish such a task despite the looming holiday period.


So for your efforts, I want to extend a big thanks for keeping the LaGrange Police Department safe and being able to track down criminals in such an extraordinary fashion.


This not only goes out to the LaGrange Police, but to all the law enforcement officers that do their part to keep Troup County safe.


Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not like LaGrange is Gotham-esque and there are literally villains crawling at every corner of the city, but let’s be honest with ourselves, it’s not necessarily the city of angels either.


I never really paid that much attention to how much wrong doing actually goes on in this town until I took the job as the crime beat reporter for the LaGrange Daily News. It’s shocking walking into the police station and sheriff’s office sometimes and seeing all the reports of the crimes that are committed on a daily basis.


Which is why I cannot stress enough in this column how grateful I am that these men and women of the law put their lives on the line everyday for the sake of our well being.


The great thing about these people is that they give back to the community in so many different ways besides keeping our neighborhoods safe, such as through collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program or educating youth about safety and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.


A few days ago I was browsing through the LPD Facebook page and stumbled upon this status:


“So how’s this for a random act of kindness? A couple of LPD’s detectives stopped by Chick-Fil-A today in the drive thru and paid for the car behind them. He told the cashier, “Tell the car behind us Merry Christmas from the police department.””


Amazing.


So next time you see a member of LaGrange Police Department, Troup County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, West Point or Hogansville police, go up to them, shake their hand and tell them “thank you for everything you do.”


Because the price of justice is definitely worth more than a chicken sandwich.


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