Chase Maddox was a natural-born police officer, said a childhood friend. The McDonough-bred newlywed, whose second child is due any day, was the only one of Locust Grove's 23 officers hired straight out of high school, a fulfillment of his desire to protect and serve.
Maddox, 26, was killed Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 in a shooting while he was on duty serving as backup for two Henry County sheriff's deputies who were serving an arrest warrant in Locust Grove.
Josh Garrison said he and Maddox became friends when they were 9 years old. Maddox was the more outgoing one, "always willing to try anything," he said. "You wanted to hang around Chase. He was crazy in a good way."
Maddox's decision to become a police officer came as no shock to Garrison.
"I wasn't surprised when he went straight into the force. I knew he would be perfect for that," he said. "He wanted to help people, so that made sense why he chose that job."Read the full article about Chase Maddox on MyAJC.comGov. Nathan Deal orders flags at half-staff to honor slain Locust Grove officer
Funeral information: 11 a.m .Saturday, Feb. 17 at Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough. The address is 345 E Lake Rd, McDonough, GA 30252.