Honoring fallen officer from Jackson County

A murdered law enforcement officer from Jackson County was recently memorialized in Georgia. Fred Crawford was remembered at a ceremony on May 5 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Crawford was killed in 1922 when three men from White County drove to the town of Center in Southern Jackson County one Sunday morning. Driving a Ford touring car, the three stopped at at the Presbyterian Church and created a disturbance. Center town Marshal Fred Crawford, age 35, went to the church to quell the uproar (the men were reportedly drunk and looking for a local woman). According to news articles from that time, Crawford stood on the men’s car running board as he “escorted” the three to the town jail to make bond. But one of the men hit him over the head with an iron pipe. Crawford fell from the car and died later that day of a fractured skull. Two of the three men were later caught and officers said they believe they had been hauling moonshine from White County at the time of the murder. One of the three, Will Glaze, was later convicted of murder. Shown in the photo are Crawford's  great-great-nephew Grayson Ingram (center left with plaque) with his wife Beth (to his left) and son Kane (far left.) Also shown are Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum (center right with plaque) and Chad White (far right.) White researched Crawford's murder and submitted his name for inclusion in the memorial.


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