Scout Honors Father, Officers With Monument

6:06 PM, Jul 8, 2011   |    comments
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What started out as a way to give back to the community is now a memorial at the Bibb County Sheriff's Training Complex.

Ross Vaughn started his journey in Scouts as a Bear and his mother says it was something the whole family was involved in. She says when they become a Boy Scout, it's more of a father-and-son experience.

But for Ross, that experience was cut short.

"My father passed away in 2004 while working with the sheriff's department," says Ross.

His father, Deputy Thomas Vaughn was also an Eagle Scout. He passed away one month after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer and just as Ross had crossed over into Boy Scouts.

Ross' mother says, "He had to decide at that point whether he was going to take this journey on his own."

He soared through and decided to create a monument in honor of officers in Central Georgia.

"It's to be dedicated in memory of those who have fallen both in and out of the line of duty," says Ross.

His mother says it was part of his healing process.

Chief Deputy David Davis says they chose the location for the memorial because "everybody who works at the sheriff's office as well as officers and employees from agencies throughout Middle Georgia come through this training range, so they have an opportunity to see this monument."

Ross plans to attend Georgia Southern in the fall and major in business. He says he wants to open up his own franchise someday.

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