LUDOWICI, Ga. (WSAV) – On Sunday night it seemed as if the town of Ludowici stopped in their tracks and converged at the Parkers service station on Highway 84 in the center of town to remember Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland. McClelland was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver fleeing from police one year ago on September 15. Also killed in the accident was Army veteran Marvin Pope who was riding a motorcycle when he was struck.
The crowd of citizens, many also from Liberty Counties law enforcement community came out to honor McClelland who was killed within a few feet of where the candle light vigil was held.
Many fought back tears as Frank McClelland’s wife of nearly 42 years Cindy McClelland thanked everyone for coming out.
The families Paster, Eric Rentz said during the brief vigil, “2 things, we found out is our lives will never be the same again, but at the same time our lives would not be over. We are Ludowici strong tonight. Aren’t you glad your in a community where no matter what tragedy may come our way we’re going to stay together, we’re going to be strong.”
After Rentz’s remarks candles were handed out to the crowd of over 150 people and lit. Tears flowed freely as a prayer was said for Frank McClelland and his family and to bring comfort by the community as a whole.
Cindy McClelland spoke with members of the media and said she was. It surprised by the turn out. “I greatly appreciate the turn out, it reminds me he’s not forgotten.”