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Fallen Alamo Police Officer Honored by Point 27

Fallen Alamo Police Officer Honored by Point 27 Fallen Alamo Police Officer Honored by Point 27

Global nonprofit Point

27tt has honored fallen Al amo Police Officer Arturo Villegas, who died January10 from complications of COVID-19 after a presumed exposure while on duty.

Point 27, based in At lanta and headed by Col. David Dodd, U.S. Army (Ret.), honored Villegas by sending Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength scripture- inscribed dog tags to those officers who served closely with him; and folded flag pendant necklaces to family members of the fallen officer.

Villegas is one of at least five law enforcement officers across the country that died from COVID-19 after exposure in the line of duty this year.

The 59-year-old Toombs County resident died on January 10 in Orange Park, Florida. Villegas grew up in Texas and moved to Toombs County in the 1990s. He started his career in law enforcement with the Lyons Police Department, served briefly with the Oak Park Police Department, and joined the Alamo department in 2019. Villegas is survived by six children and four grandchildren.

Since 2018, Point 27tthas honored every fallen

law enforcement officer, their agencies and families.

Keeping up with the escalated number of line-ofduty deaths has proven to be a struggle for the global nonproflt. Point 27ttis based

in Atlanta, a city where the public outcry against law enforcement continues to ring out.

Line-of-duty deaths in law enforcement have risen dramatically, Dodd said, adding, “The radical turn in some communities against law enforcement has magnified the need for encouraging law enforcement officers and their families, who are risking so much,” Dodd said. “In these days when so many are publicly criticizing law enforcement, we are steadfast in sharing God’s word with them and their families and showing appreciation for their sacrifice and service. We value them,” Dodd said. “I don’t want to imagine where we would be without them.”

Dodd commanded a battalion of the first troops deployed to Afghanistan following 9/11. He wore a Shield of Strength inscribed with Joshua 1:9 next to his government-issued dog tags, and equipped each of the soldiers in his command with a Shield of Strength before they deployed. Dodd said he hopes the scripture on the Shields of Strength encourages these law enforcement officers and the families of the fallen who are making and have made tremendous sacrifices for their communities.

The face of the Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength shows an engraved silver American flag face designed with one flag stripe of blue. The back of the dog tags is inscribed with Matthew 5:9,' Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.' The design and scripture were chosen by law enforcement officers.

The folded flag pendant necklaces are engraved with John 15:13; “Greater love has no one than this; to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Dodd served 27 years

in the military. After his military retirement, he

founded Point 27, in 2014,

to share with members of the military and veterans the scripture-inscribed dog tags that encouraged him and his troops. The outreach has expanded to include the Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength for law enforcement officers.

Point 27 has distrib uted hundreds of thousands of Shields of Strength including high-volume gifts in partnership with the national organizations Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), Tragedy Assistance Program for [military] Survivors (TAPS), Patriot Guard Riders, Carry The Load and the Gary Sinise Foundation.

“I ordered an old John Wayne movie from and it came with Chinese writing at the bottom all the way through the movie. When did that happen?”

“For the Triangle J driver in the black cab and chassis truck, there’s a sign in front of Parker’s between 280 and 292 stating you can’t turn in front of Southern Performance to go to 280, but you’re doing it. It’s ok because in Georgia we do what we want how we want.”

“I would like say thank you to the Toombs County Sheriff’s Department for patrolling Ezra Taylor Road. I just saw someone pulled over, probably for speeding. You could probably reach your limit of tickets if you just stay out here.”

“With Rush Limbaugh being taken off of WVOP, I have no reason to tune in.”

“It’s a crying shame that you can put mail in the Vidalia Post Office that’s going to Vidalia and it has to go to Macon and come back. Other towns have local drops for local mail. I just don’t understand why Vidalia has to send it off and come back and stack it again.”

“Yes, it’s a sad thing that Rush Limbaugh is off the air. But he’s been preaching for 30 years. Look what happened.”

SHIELDS OF STRENGTH — Officers who served with Art Villegas received Thin Blue Line Shields of Strength, like those above. Folded flag pendant necklaces were given to family members of the fallen officer

POINT 27 FOUNDER — Retired U.S. Army Col. David Dodd, above, initiated the Atlanta-based organization which honors fallen police officers. The organization honored the late Art Villegas, an officer with the Alamo Police Department.

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