Last updated: November 05. 2013 10:51AM - 1043 Views
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The Georgia State Patrol invites the community to a sign dedication ceremony at 11 a.m Friday, honoring a trooper killed in the line of duty.

Sgt. Maurice Raines of GSP’s post 2 in LaGrange said the ceremony will take place at the bridge at exit 28 on Interstate 85 in Hogansville.

The ceremony will be in remembrance of John Frank Bass, Jr., who was killed while on duty Feb. 15, 1950, after being struck by a hit and run driver at the GSP post in Cordelle.

Born in Hogansville in 1919, Bass was 31 at the time and had served with the agency for two years; He had previously served with the United States Army’s military police and was the first motorcycle policeman for the Hogansville Police Department in 1946.

Bass was the second trooper killed in the line of duty in Georgia and is the first trooper to have a sign dedication in Troup County, said Raines.

There will be a wreath laying at the his grave site located at a Hogansville cemetery and the Troup County School System has allowed a school band to perform at the ceremony.

“This will be a tribute to him and his family and we want the community to come out and support it,” Raines said. “It’s a grand event for the city of Hogansville and the county of Troup as a whole.”

For more information about the sign dedication ceremony, Raines can be reached at the post at 706-845-4104.

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