The tight-knit community of Ludowici lost a family member on Saturday night when a driver led police on a high-speed chase and killed Chief Frank McClelland, Jr.
On Monday, fellow law enforcement officers and community members lined the streets in solemn tribute to Chief McClelland. A convoy of police vehicles led the processional from the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler to Howard Funeral Home.
Chief McClelland was directing traffic when police say 23-year-old Daniel Hill hit and killed him and Marvin Pope with his car. The town also endured the loss of their mayor, James Fuller Senior, in May.
Mike Riddle, a Long County Commissioner who knew McClelland for over 15 years, told News 3 that their community is resilient.
“The good thing about Long County and Ludowici is when bad stuff happens, people do come together,” he said. “Frank is one of those guys where you didn’t hear people talk bad about Frank. And that’s just a good reflection of him not necessarily as a law enforcement officer or city councilman or anything like that, but that’s just a reflection of him as a person.”
A special fund has been set up for Chief Frank McClelland, Jr.
Those who want to contribute can let the teller know their donation is for Chief McClelland at the Blue Line Memorial Fund at the Ludowici Bank.