Officer's name added to public safety memorial after appeal

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Robert Shane Wilson's name was among the eight added to Georgia's Public Safety Memorial wall Monday in Monroe County.

MONROE, Ga. - A Doraville police officer killed on his way to work finally got the honor his family says he deserved.

Robert Shane Wilson's name was among the eight added to Georgia's Public Safety Memorial wall Monday in Monroe County.

Channel 2's Rachel Stockman was at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, where Wilson's family gathered for the ceremony. Family members said they are pleased that the agency's committee decided to give Wilson the recognition.

Wilson was being called in to work to respond to a home invasion when he was killed by a driver suspected of being drunk.

Since he was home at the time, his death at first didn't meet the criteria for the Public Safety Memorial. But after the family appealed, the committee reconsidered.

Surrounded by officers from nearly every force in the state, Gov. Nathan Deal honored those fallen.

Wilson's family stood strong as his name was read.

"I am very grateful to the committee, to the director of the committee, to the director of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, and the governor's office for making this happen," said Doraville Police Chief John King.

In fact, the entire policy was changed.

"A lot of red tape, I guess. But not just for us, but for other officers involved, too. So it kind of opened the doors for families," said Wilson's father, J.D. Wilson.

Robert Wilson's family described him as a man who always fought in safety's name.

"He wanted to take down the people who were doing the bad crimes," said Hansen.