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U.S. Attorney Buchanan honors law enforcement officers on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Georgia

ATLANTA – Annually, January 9th is observed and commemorated as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and is observed across the country.  Today we honor the unwavering dedication of our law enforcement officers who selflessly serve our communities, often risking the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

“We thank law enforcement officers in the Northern District of Georgia who faithfully risk their lives to protect our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan.  “These brave men and women put on a badge each day, knowing that they may face dangerous situations while carrying out their duties and are frequently the target of violence and abuse. Despite these challenges, they continue to serve with the utmost dedication and commitment and are unfaltering in working tirelessly to protect and serve the public.”

We also solemnly take time on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to honor officers in our district who recently paid the ultimate price in the line of duty:

  • Officer Kenya Galloway, Atlanta Police Department - Jan. 4, 2024
  • Sgt. Marc McIntyre, Spalding County Sheriff's Office - Dec. 29, 2023
  • Deputy Sheriff Eric Minix, Coweta County Sheriff's Office - Jan. 4, 2024

“We acknowledge and thank you for your sacrifice and hope to encourage support and respect for everything that you do to keep our communities safe.  Your courage, commitment, and willingness to safeguard others inspire us all,” said U.S. Attorney Buchanan.

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day began when multiple organizations joined efforts to express gratitude for law enforcement officers throughout the United States. Their purpose was to provide the public opportunities to gain greater insights into the integral role that these individuals play in our society while also strengthening the social bonds between law enforcement officials and the communities that they serve.

“Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and commitment to protecting and serving. Your efforts are deeply appreciated,” said Buchanan.

For inquiries, please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is

Updated January 9, 2024

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