McDonough, GA – Henry County Police Department (HCPD) Senior Officer George Padgett was killed during an accident at his home on Oct. 14, according to his department.
The 54-year-old officer’s exact cause of death was not immediately released.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of senior Officer George Padgett,” the HCPD said in a press release on Oct. 17. “George was killed in an accident at his home on Friday night, 10/14/22.”
Officer Padgett was one of the original members of the HCPD, which was founded in 1991.
He previously served with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.
After devoting 34 years to his law enforcement career, Officer Padgett was set to retire in November.
“Please keep Officer Padgett’s family in your prayers,” the HCPD said. “Rest easy brother, we have the watch from here.”
Officer Padgett leaves behind his wife, Tobey, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by many friends and extended family members.
“He was a true hero,” the tribute read.
More than 700 people extended their condolences to the HCPD and Officer Padgett’s family in response to the department’s Facebook post about his tragic passing.
One woman said the veteran officer is “absolutely precious” to her family.
“We had the unfortunate experience meeting him on several occasions with our son. His heart and convictions led my son to jail, rehab and now our boy is doing amazingly well!” she wrote. “Officer Padgett was a 10 chance kind of guy as far as dealing with youth and was such a gentle yet firm man. He gave solid, relatable advice. My heart hurts that he is gone. Praying huge for his family and fellow officers!”
“We will miss you George,” another message read. “Thank you for being the best neighbor and friend. Prayers for his family. To know him was to love him, he was just a good soul, a friend to all.”
Officer Padgett was laid to rest on Oct. 21.
Officer George Padgett pic.twitter.com/g0mFmnyKO4
— Henry County Police (@HenryCoPolice) October 17, 2022
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Henry County Police Department Senior Officer George Padgett, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.