HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. (CBS46) — The Holly Springs Police Department has officially identified their officer who was killed after attempting to pull over a suspect for speeding.
Holly Springs Police Chief Tom Keheley identified the officer as Joe Burson, a 25-yea-old man from Ball Ground, Ga. The chief said he had only been on the force for just more than year.
"He was a model officer," Keheley said. "If you had the ability to clone your officers, you want your officer to be Joe Burson."
Chief Keheley went on to say that Officer Burson loved talking with local children about being a police officer. He said that he would take time to sit in the police cars with them, answer their questions, and let them see the police lights.
"He was a genuinely good individual," Keheley added.
Chief Keheley said this was Officer Burson's first job. Burson was honored with a police escort by his fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters later Thursday afternoon.
Just a month ago, Officer Burson received a Chief's Commendation for his actions during an April 9 traffic stop. They posted about it on their Facebook page, which you can read below.
You can watch the entirety of the news conference below.
The Georgia Law Enforcement Organization identified the officer killed in Holly Springs about 30 minutes before the news conference.
The organization posted on Facebook that their "thoughts go out to his family, and his work family at the City of Holly Springs."
The Holly Springs Police Department has set up a foundation for Officer Burson's family, the public can visit here to donate.