A Memorial Service for a Hero

 A memorial service has been announced for Sgt. Marc McIntyre, the Spalding County deputy killed last week in line of duty at the age of 55. The service for Sgt. McIntyre will be held at the Griffin First Assembly of God at 200 West McIntosh Road in Griffin and begin at 1 p.m. January 5. See recent photo of Sgt. Marc McIntyre

As reported, Sgt. McIntyre, 55, “was shot December 29 while responding to a call at the home of Todd Lamont Harper. A few new details of the event have been disclosed or clarified. “Investigators say as McIntyre and another deputy were approaching the home to perform a “welfare check.” Harper opened fire with a shotgun, hitting Sgt. McIntyre.”

Another deputy at the scene returned fire. The shooting by Harper from inside the home was continuous and sufficiently intense that the second deputy “was helpless to aid the injured sergeant.” Despite lifesaving efforts, Sgt. McIntyre succumbed to his injuries.

Harper “barricaded himself inside his home for several hours until deputies, assisted by multiple law enforcement agencies, tore open his mobile home and found him hiding under his mattress.” Harper was arrested and booked into the Spalding County Jail.

Reported multiple times, Sgt. McIntyre will be “remembered for leadership and compassion.” As reported, McIntyre was “recognized for life-saving actions, including administering Narcan to save a homeless man from overdose.” He joined the U. S. Army in 1988, earning him the distinction of being a “military veteran.” He was also “an educator, and law enforcement officer.”

He later transitioned to civilian life, working in New York before dedicating nearly a decade to education as a paraprofessional. McIntyre had served with the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office for over eight years. He rose to the rank of supervisor in the patrol division and was a valued SWAT team member.”

Sgt. McIntyre’s services will begin with visiting commencing “at 10:30 a.m. and will continue until the time of service.” A law enforcement motorcade processional will leave the Atlanta Motor Speedway at 11 a.m. No graveside service will be held, at the request of his family.

D & B Staff

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