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Family, friends remember firefighter killed in crash

Friends and family are holding funeral services for a Sandy Springs firefighter killed in a motorcycle accident.

Jacob Hammond, 21, died when he crashed Thursday along Bannister Road in Forsyth County.

We were there as dozens of firefighters and police from Sandy Springs gathered to begin the procession to First Baptist Church in Cumming.

During the procession, we even spotted local firefighters paying their respects, while standing on an overpass.

Hammond died when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle along a curve on Bannister Road.

[READ: Mother remembers firefighter killed in crash: 'He was my hero']

"He gave his all to be a firefighter and a brother," said Hammond’s boss, Sandy Springs Fire Chief Keith Sanders.

Sanders said he will remember the young man he hired as dedicated and kind.

“He was a gem of a guy. He demonstrated the courage the bravery the brotherhood that firefighters do,” Sanders said.

Sanders went on to explain how other local fire departments stepped in to help make the procession Monday possible.

"We are family. We are a team," Sanders said.

During the funeral, other local fire departments stepped in to help cover for the scores of Sandy Springs firefighters who wanted to come here and pay their respects.

Family, friends remember firefighter killed in crash

Friends and family are holding funeral services for a Sandy Springs firefighter killed in a motorcycle accident.

Jacob Hammond, 21, died when he crashed Thursday along Bannister Road in Forsyth County.

We were there as dozens of firefighters and police from Sandy Springs gathered to begin the procession to First Baptist Church in Cumming.

During the procession, we even spotted local firefighters paying their respects, while standing on an overpass.

Hammond died when he apparently lost control of his motorcycle along a curve on Bannister Road.

[READ: Mother remembers firefighter killed in crash: 'He was my hero']

"He gave his all to be a firefighter and a brother," said Hammond’s boss, Sandy Springs Fire Chief Keith Sanders.

Sanders said he will remember the young man he hired as dedicated and kind.

“He was a gem of a guy. He demonstrated the courage the bravery the brotherhood that firefighters do,” Sanders said.

Sanders went on to explain how other local fire departments stepped in to help make the procession Monday possible.

"We are family. We are a team," Sanders said.

During the funeral, other local fire departments stepped in to help cover for the scores of Sandy Springs firefighters who wanted to come here and pay their respects.

Georgia man scheduled to be executed requests meats, fried food for last meal

Keith Tharpe is requesting high-calorie foods for his final meal. 

Tharpe was sentenced to death in 1991 for the murder of Jacquelin Freeman.  On the morning of Sept. 25, 1990, Tharpe intercepted his estranged wife and Freeman — who was married to Tharpe’s wife’s brother — as they drove to work.

He pulled in front of their car, blocking them, and pulled out the 29-year-old Freeman. Tharpe threw Freeman into a ditch and shot him three times with a shotgun.

The 59-year-old has been on death row for more than 25 years.  

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For his last meal, Tharpe requested three spicy chicken breasts, roast beef sandwich with sauce, fish sandwich, tater logs, onion rings, apple pie and a vanilla milkshake.

Attorneys for Tharpe allege that a juror in the original trial had a racial bias, thus tainting the death sentence. 

Georgia's parole board plans to consider clemency for an inmate scheduled for execution. The parole board is the only authority in Georgia with power to commute a death sentence.

There have been 69 men and one woman executed in Georgia since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. 

If executed, Tharpe will be the 48th inmate put to death by lethal injection. There are presently 56 men under death sentence in Georgia.

Survivor of Gwinnett police helicopter crash now paralyzed

The Gwinnett County Police Department say one of their corporals is now paralyzed following a dramatic helicopter crash in September.

The chopper crash happened at Briscoe Field on Sept. 1, when the chopper, carrying Officer George McLain, 38, and Corporal Michael Duncan, 46, went down. Both were taken to the hospital.

McLain, the pilot, was released from the hospital several days after the crash, but Duncan was transferred to Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta. He is currently paralyzed from the waist down. 

Gwinnett County officials says Duncan is still having pain but is improving each day. He is working hard with the staff at Shepherd Spinal Center to get back to being as independent as possible.

The Gwinnett County Police Foundation will host a golf tournament on Oct. 2 at Chateau Elan.  The proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Duncan. 

It is anticipated that his home will need to be modified to accommodate wheel chair access. 

Learn more about the tournament here. 

Survivor of Gwinnett police helicopter crash now paralyzed

The Gwinnett County Police Department say one of their corporals is now paralyzed following a dramatic helicopter crash in September.

The chopper crash happened at Briscoe Field on Sept. 1, when the chopper, carrying Officer George McLain, 38, and Corporal Michael Duncan, 46, went down. Both were taken to the hospital.

McLain, the pilot, was released from the hospital several days after the crash, but Duncan was transferred to Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta. He is currently paralyzed from the waist down. 

Gwinnett County officials says Duncan is still having pain but is improving each day. He is working hard with the staff at Shepherd Spinal Center to get back to being as independent as possible.

The Gwinnett County Police Foundation will host a golf tournament on Oct. 2 at Chateau Elan.  The proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Duncan. 

It is anticipated that his home will need to be modified to accommodate wheel chair access. 

Learn more about the tournament here. 

Police: Drunk HS student knocks out power to several schools

A serious accident left many without power in DeKalb County, including two college campuses and a high school.

The crash happened Monday morning on North Indian Creek Drive, right in front of Georgia Piedmont Technical College. 

Police say a 20-year-old Clarkston High School student was drunk when he flipped his mini-van into a utility pole just after 8 a.m.

 

One witness told Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach he saw the car speeding down as he was walking to class. 

“Next thing you know, car had flipped over and got a stop sign stuck in the front end and front just gone, period,” said witness David Jefferson. “And I don’t even know if the dude made it out alive, but the car, the pole is gone…just gone.”  

Electrical wires trapped the driver in the car, and the roadway was shut down for hours as crews worked to clear the scene and get the driver out safely.

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The driver was scratched up, but OK. He was arrested on the scene and charged with DUI.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College canceled classes until 12 p.m. Clarkston High School kept the children at school. Power was restored to the area just before noon.

Cell phone video from witness shows driver walked away from rollover ax in DeKalb Co, but put into cuffs and into patrol car pic.twitter.com/2oA0C15SZz — Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) September 25, 2017