A law enforcement-led funeral procession and services were held in Winder and Bethlehem on Saturday, July 25, for a Barrow County resident and Franklin County sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the line of duty earlier this month.
Deputy Bill Garner, 53, was responding to and assisting people involved in a single-vehicle car crash on Interstate 85 around 7 p.m. July 19 when another vehicle traveled into the median after the driver lost control and hit Garner, killing him, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Abdulhafiz Tawfik Abdullahi, 21, of Lawrenceville, has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide in Garner’s death.
Garner had a 22-year career in law enforcement and had also spent time with the Jefferson Police Department, Norcross Police Department, Duluth Police Department, Braselton Police Department, Pendergrass Police Department, and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office prior to joining the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
A memorial service was held for Garner Saturday afternoon at Bethlehem Church. Prior to the service, a funeral procession with a law enforcement escort began at Smith Funeral Home, traveled westbound on Atlanta Highway into Winder, turned south on Highway 81, east on Highway 316 and then north on Christmas Avenue to the church.
Garner’s family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations in his name be made to Canine Pet Rescue of Dacula.