It is tragic when someone loses their life as the result of an accident. When that person is in law enforcement, the loss is felt even more by a community, co-workers, family, and friends. They often gather to pay their respects.
On December 12, 2015, MARTA police officer Jesse Tarplin was escorting a funeral procession. He was off-duty and was riding his bike as an escort. At some point, Tarplin lost control of his bike and hit the car in front of him. Tarplin did not survive the accident.
This past Saturday, hundreds of his fellow officers, family, and friends, all gathered together to pay their last respects to the fallen officer.
Tarplin was an 11-year veteran of the force and was remembered as being one of the best. Younger officers looked up to him in the course of their duties.
The funeral services took place at a southwest Atlanta church and lasted nearly three hours.
Tarplin was a football player at Georgia Tech, where he played from 1995-1998.
He was married, a father of five, and his wife is expecting their sixth child next year. A GoFundMe account was started, which raised nearly $18,000 for the fallen officer’s family as of Saturday Night.
MARTA police Sgt Edgardo Fuentes assured Tarplin’s father that his son would be memorialized in the annual Georgia Police Memorial Ride. The event is an annual motorcycle ride that honors fallen police officers.
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