McDONOUGH — For the third time in two weeks, Henry residents and the law enforcement community are mourning the loss of another officer.
Longtime officer Henry County Police Department Sgt. David Crumpler, 60, died of Covid-19 on Jan. 7.
Crumpler served the community for 24 years holding many titles including criminal investigations, bomb squad and SWAT Team.
In a post on social media, the Henry County Police Department called Crumpler a “gentleman, a teacher, and a sprinkle-loving, joy-filled servant.”
Condolences flooded social media, calling the loss “great.”
“I had the honor of calling him dear friend. He was a character! He loved life and making people smile,” said Cathe Astin Fowler.
“He was a great guy,” said Barry Cooper. “I always feel he had our back when things were a little sideways. Rest In Peace brother.”
“Crump was one of the nicest, most respectful men I ever met. He took his oath very seriously and carried it out with class,” said Tracy Rodgers Yarian. “Rest In Peace, friend.”
On Jan. 3, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office announced the passing of Deputy Nicholas Howell, also from Covid-19 complications.
Sheriff Reginald Scandrett called Howell one of the county’s “finest sheriff’s deputies.”
“Please keep in your thoughts and prayers, Deputy Howell’s family, his friends and his Henry County Sheriff’s Office family.”
On Dec. 27, HCPD lost Sgt. Rick Snook, a 21-year veteran of the department. He died of a heart attack.
“Henry County didn’t lose an employee, we lost a genuinely invested public servant who loved this county,” department officials said on social media.