SAVANNAH, GA (July 2, 2012) Fifteen police recruits will take to the streets in Downtown Savannah July 26 when they honor a fallen officer who died in a shootout with a suspect in 1981.

 Savannah Police Department Sgt. J.J. Brown was fatally shot about 3 a.m. April 14, 1981, as he struggled with a gunman who had fired on another officer.

 Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department recruits will honor Brown’s memory with a 1.5-mile run. They will be accompanied by current and past officers of SCMPD and other departments in the area. The recruits will be pinned as SCMPD officers the following day.

 The run convenes at 9 a.m. at the south end of the SCMPD headquarters parking lot on Habersham Street (near the SCMPD property room) and begins at 10 a.m.

 It will proceed North on Habersham, west on Oglethorpe Avenue, south on West Boundary Street and east on Louisville Road to the Coastal Heritage Society Revolutionary Battlefield Memorial Park at MLK Jr. Boulevard.

 A brief memorial ceremony will be held there and a wreath placed at the intersection.

 SCMPD recruits have been honoring a different law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Chatham County with the runs to remember since the beginning of 2011. They have been joined by members of neighboring police departments within and outside the county.

 The public is invited to join in the run and to participate in the memorial ceremony.

 Anyone wishing to join the run is asked to contact Officer Aaron Washington of the SCMPD Training Unit at (912) 921-5450 or awashington@savannahga.gov.

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