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Hero Down: Savannah Police Officer Reginald Brannan Killed In Crash While Driving Home From Work

Garden City, GA – Savannah Police Department (SPD) Officer Reginald Brannan died in an off-duty crash while on his way home from work on Aug. 29, according to his department.

The 23-year-old officer was driving home in his personal vehicle after wrapping up his shift at approximately 12 a.m. when he collided with a tractor-trailer in the 4200-block of Highway 21, the SPD said in a press release later that morning.

Officer Brannan was severely injured in the collision and did not survive.

The Georgia State Patrol was handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal crash, the SPD said.

Officer Brannan joined the SPD in December of 2020.

“Our hearts are broken over the sudden and tragic loss of Officer Brannan,” SPD Chief Lenny Gunther said in the press release. “He was a young officer just starting his career. We ask everyone to keep his family, friends and the SPD family in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of this member of our SPD family.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp extended his condolences to Officer Brannan’s loved ones in a tweet on Monday evening.

“Please join our family in praying for Officer Brannan’s family and friends in this difficult time,” Kemp wrote. “In answering the call to serve he set himself apart with his bravery and leadership, and he will be greatly missed by those he knew and served.”

A memorial including a photo of Officer Brannan and an SPD patrol car was set up outside the department’s Northwest Precinct on Lathrop Avenue, the police department said in a Facebook post.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Savannah Police Department Officer Reginald Brannan, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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