A Georgia state trooper who died in the line of duty more than 50 years ago was honored recently at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.
Trooper Roy Cecil Massey — father of Shelia Massey Tucker and Paul Massey and grandfather of Bryant Paul Massey — is among a number of fallen Georgia law enforcement officers who performed duties until their last watch.
Many law enforcement officers from across the state attended the ceremony honoring fallen comrades.
Massey and two other troopers stationed at a Donalsonville Georgia State Patrol post were killed Aug. 16, 1961, in a wreck while returning from pistol shoot training in Americus.
The Forsyth ceremony began in the Training Center auditorium. Later, those attending went outside, where bells tolled, bagpipes and taps were played and an honor guard stood by the Memorial Wall.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal presented loved ones of each fallen officer with a framed plaque and medal.
Shelia Tucker said she and her brother appreciate the recognition their father received recently. In late 2013, their late father was honored by GSP at a Pavo ceremony. A section of highway near Pavo was renamed in the fallen officer’s honor.
“It means so much to us, as well as other family members, that our daddy has not been forgotten,” Tucker said.