Fallen Albany Police Department Officer Terry Lewis-Flemming’s son Cortavious Lunsford, 13, pauses as he finishes ceremoniously peeling away the tape to unveil his mother’s name on the Georgia Law
Enforcement Moving Memorial Saturday.
ALBANY -- With blue lights flashing, Albany Police Department patrol cars escorted the Georgia Law Enforcement Moving Memorial to Gethsemane Worship Center -- it carried the name of one of their own.
In the ceremony that followed family, friends and fellow officers eulogizing Officer Terry Lewis-Flemming's contributions to the community, her son, 13-year-old Cortavious Lunsford peeled away the tape covering her name.
The moving memorial now carries 664 names of officers who gave their lives to serve and protect their communities. Eleven of those names, including Lewis-Flemming's, have been added since the memorial's last tour in 2011.
Lewis-Flemming died when her patrol car collided with another patrol car during a pursuit of armed robbery suspects in East Albany Oct. 28.
"Though it has been almost six months now since the dreadful incident, the pain and sorrow still touch us all," said Albany Police Chief John Proctor. "It is my firm belief that officer Lewis-Flemming would charge each of us to not linger in our grief, but to go forward and do our jobs to the best of our ability. Moving forward does not mean forgetting. Don't ever forget her."
Lewis-Flemming's family and friends would not soon forget her as they said in their talks to the assembled community.
Police Cpls. Tangella Butler and Marita Williams are in the process of setting up a non-profit organization to keep Lewis-Flemmings memory alive through a scholarship fund. They can be contacted at the police general number: (229) 431-2100.
Wearing a black vest with pictures of Lewis-Flemming in her uniform, Robert Jones said he would not easily forget her. He knew her gentleness with his dying uncle.
"I'm just a friend, but I remember her being with my uncle every day until he passed," Jones said. "She really cared. I won't forget her."
A niece, 13-year-old Kiarra Brown could only say, "I wish my auntie were here this morning so she can see everything the police force has done for her. I miss my auntie more ... but she is in a better place now." Brown left the podium in tears.
Guest speaker Connie Bivens had everyone at the gathering stand and hand salute.
"Officer Terry Lewis-Flemming we salute you in the name of Jesus," Bivens said. "We stand up and salute you for your courage."