The mayor and City Council and Dunwoody Police Department have honored the life of DeKalb County Police Officer Thomas S. Atkisson, who died in the line of duty 40 years ago while patrolling what is now Dunwoody.
Atkisson died Dec. 14, 1976, while he was patrolling the area that is now the city of Dunwoody.
At the Dec. 12 council meeting, a proclamation was read and presented to Atkisson’s widow, Susan Wilson, who now lives in Alabama. Numerous family members of Atkisson also attended the meeting and to thank the city of Dunwoody for remembering their loved one.
As part of the memorial, the mayor and City Council have named the intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center West as the Thomas S. Atkisson Memorial Intersection. He is the only officer that worked in Dunwoody that has died in the line of duty, according to Chief Billy Grogan.
According to the proclamation, Atkisson was on patrol when he spotted a speeding motorcycle traveling northbound on Ashford-Dunwoody Road on Dec. 14, 1976.