Columbia County, GA – Fulton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kenny Ingram was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday when the department vehicle he was traveling in hit a tractor-trailer on the way to pick up an inmate for transport.
Georgia State Patrol Lieutenant Stephanie Stallings said the wreck occurred at about 11 a.m. on Sept. 29 on Interstate 20 East near the Groveton exit, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Lt. Stallings said Deputy Ingram and Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony White were en route to Augusta to pick up an inmate when their Dodge Charger hit the back of a semi truck that had stopped for traffic.
Georgia state troopers and Columbia County sheriff’s deputies responded to the fatal crash, WAGA reported.
Authorities have not said what cause the wreck.
Deputies Ingram and White were both pronounced dead at the scene, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office said both deputies were assigned to the Law Enforcement Division of the sheriff’s department, the unit responsible for transporting inmates to and from the county jail.
Deputy Ingram was a 15-year veteran of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“These men had a profound sense of duty throughout their distinguished careers with this agency and for us and this county, the loss of these deputies is devastating,” Fulton County Sheriff Ted Jackson said in a post to the department’s official Facebook page.
Sheriff Jackson called the deputies “outstanding.”
This is hard day for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Family as we mourn the loss of two outstanding deputies. Deputy Anthony White & Deputy Kenny Ingram died in an automobile accident on I-20 near Augusta this morning. We want to thank everyone for your prayers & kindness. pic.twitter.com/RMsLglUldQ
— Fulton Sheriff PIO (@FultonSheriff) September 30, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues of @FultonSheriff Deputy Anthony White and Deputy Kenny Ingram who were killed in the line of duty in an automobile accident. May God grant them eternal rest. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/acUizmUVqn
— NYPD Chaplains Unit (@NYPDchaplains) September 30, 2020
— Dallas Police Dept (@DallasPD) September 30, 2020
RIP. Deputy Sheriff Anthony White & Deputy Sheriff Kenny Ingram were killed in a vehicle collision while en route to an inmate transfer. #rip #hero #DeputySheriffAnthonyWhite #DeputySheriffKennyIngram #FultonCountySheriffsOffice #lawenforcement #thinblueline #bluelivesmatter pic.twitter.com/Vrngqy6Sy1
— Protecting the Blue (@protectingblue) September 30, 2020
The sheriff’s department has set up an official fundraiser on FundtheFirst to help the families of both deputies.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenny Ingram, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.