LUDOWICI, Ga. (WSAV) – Funeral services were held on Sunday for a Long County deputy who died in the line of duty last week.
Hundreds of officers, deputies and state troopers gathered to honor Deputy Sheldon Whiteman and pay their respects to his family. Governor Brian Kemp also attended the ceremony and was seen greeting Whiteman’s widow during the outdoor part of the service.
Officials say Deputy Sheldon Whiteman was assisting in a pursuit that started in Ludowici when his vehicle left the roadway on Highway 57. Whiteman was taken to a Hinesville hospital where he was pronounced deceased. He was 44.
The suspect, Jerry Englum, was caught in Colleton County on Thursday night. He was arrested for Homicide by Vehicle, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, and Reckless Driving.
Visitation and funeral services for Whiteman were held inside the Long County High School gymnasium (1844 GA-57). Those wishing to attend the funeral were encouraged to wear blue.
According to the sheriff’s office, the Deputy Sheldon Whiteman Blue Line Memorial Fund has been established to assist the family with funds.