SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A fallen member of the Savannah Police Department was honored at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday evening.
Congressman Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-Ga.) took time to recognize Sgt. Kelvin Ansari on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Ansari died in the line of duty Saturday responding to a robbery investigation. The 50-year-old leaves behind a wife and four children.
“What a sad time in our community, you know, we need to remember this family in our prayers in our thoughts and our prayers,” Carter told News 3 Monday. “Not only that, but it just reminds us that every day our officers are putting their lives on the line to protect us.
“We’re so thankful for them and please be careful.”
Read the full statement from the congressman:
I rise today to recognize Sergeant Kelvin Ansari, who passed away in the line of duty on Saturday night at the age of 50.
On Saturday night, Sergeant Ansari and Officer Douglas Thomas arrived to investigate a robbery in downtown Savannah.
Both officers returned to the scene later that night after receiving a description of the suspect’s car who they thought had left the scene.
However, the individual was still inside the car and opened fire.
Both police officers were struck, but Sergeant Ansari later succumbed to his injuries.
Joining the Savannah Police Department in 2008, Sergeant Ansari had previously served in the United States Army for 21 years.
He was a father of four, a husband and a leader who dedicated so much of his life to protecting our country and our community.
It’s unfortunately in times like these that we are reminded of the danger that our police officers face each day in keeping our communities safe.
Sergeant Ansari’s family and friends, as well as the entire Savannah Police Department, are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
The longtime police officer and Army veteran will be laid to rest this weekend. For more information, visit here.