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Jack Stone wants Gravel Hill named after slain Dougherty PD officer (video added)

Lt. Cliff Rouse

Lt. Cliff Rouse

ALBANY, Ga.: Dougherty County Commissioner Jack Stone says the county should honor fallen Dougherty County Police Lieutenant Cliff Rouse by renaming Gravel Hill Road.

Rouse was shot and killed while responding to a reported armed robbery at a Dougherty County convenience store on Sylvester Road in December.

"Since the inception of the Dougherty County Police Department, which was approximately 80 years ago, he's the first police officer that got killed in the line of duty," Stone said. "It was a tragic situation and he was a heck of a good officer and one of the best we ever had.

"I think it's nothing but right to leave some kind of legacy for such a good man who died so tragically, with no reason for it, really," he said.

Stone had previously suggested the county consider renaming Newton Road after Rouse since he was born in Baker County, but a portion of that highway is already named after Peter Zack Geer, a former lieutenant governor and prosecutor in the Alday murder case.

In order to get the road name changed, Stone's request will have to go before a joint city-county road naming committee which will then make a recommendation to the full commission, County Administrator Richard Crowdis said.

Later this month, more than 1,000 bikers will ride in Rouse's honor as a part of the Cliff Rouse Memorial Poker Run.

According to the Cliff Rouse Memorial Facebook page, the run is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on March 26th at the Veteran's Amphitheater downtown. The parade will leave at 1:30 p.m. and end at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge on Dunbar Lane.

All funds raised will be donated to the Rouse family.

Those wishing to participate can contact Wes Schubert at 229-594-3826 or send an e-mail to cliff_rouse@yahoo.com.