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Two More Houston County Deputies Honored

By: Erika Kurre
By: Erika Kurre

For years, the Houston County Sheriff's Department has only known of one deputy who was killed in the line of duty. This week, they've learned of two more. Their deaths date back to World War One.

Both were killed in gun fights. Deputy Grady Granger in November of 1915. And Alvan North 9 months later in August of 1916.

But records of their deaths were not re-discovered until last week when Deputy North's family members launched their own investigation.

But the re-found knowledge of these fallen deputies also means a great deal to those currently in the field.

"They're fellow officers. They're just like officers today. You know, once an officer, always an officer and I think they definitely need to be recognized as being killed in the line of duty for what they believed in."

But Alvan North's family didn't bring his death to attention for such wide-spread recognition.

Instead, Joe North says he just hoped his grandfather would be honored in next year's law enforcement memorial week ceremony.

"It means a great deal to me and my family because I know what families go through because it affected my family. We're just really getting over it after a generation and we just really appreciate it."

Chief Deputy Don Valenza is in contact with officials in Washington, DC.

He's submitting information on the two officers’ deaths to have them placed on the fallen officer's memorial there.

In the meantime, although this year's law enforcement memorial week has passed the Houston County Sheriff's Office may host another ceremony in the near future recognizing deputies Granger and North.

Sheriff's investigators are still trying to find additional deputies who were killed in the line of duty.

They would also like to get in touch with the family of Deputy Grady Granger. Anyone with information should call the Houston County Sheriff's Department at 677-4888.


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