By Ralph Ellis
The Buckhead Business Association honored law enforcement officers of the quarter April 21 during a luncheon at 103 West. The officers are:
• Sgt. Brian McGee of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. McGee organizes crime prevention classes, safety tips and neighborhood watch programs for senior citizens. This month he will teach programs on gang recognition and school violence to two different groups of law enforcement professionals to prepare them to deal with youth gang violence.
In the last four months, McGee has visited over 15 schools as a career day speaker to talk about issues such as the duties of a deputy sheriff to bullying, drugs and gangs.
• Atlanta police officers Andre Allen and David Funderbirk. On March 9 they pursued a suspect in the robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in Sandy Springs who drove into Atlanta’s Zone 2. The suspect fled onto Ga. 400, traveling more than 100 miles per hour. When the officers caught up to the suspect on Parkland Drive, he tried to drive over Funderbirk while pointing a weapon out the window.
Funderbirk opened fire. The suspect backed up and encountered Allen, who opened fire. The suspect died at the scene. Inside the car, police found $100,000 in cash from the bank, a mask worn in the robbery and a semi-automatic handgun.
• Atlanta fire-rescue officer Matt Brown of Station 21. Brown has been a member of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Honor Guard for six years. He also serves on Squad 4 – the heavy-duty unit called during extreme emergencies such as the parking garage collapse at Georgia Tech several years ago. During recent storms, Brown helped extricate three families from their homes after trees were blown onto their houses.