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Friday, December 31, 2010 - 3:57am

State Trooper To Be Laid To Rest

A Georgia state patrol trooper will be laid to rest north of Atlanta today. Police officers from across the state -- and country -- are expected to attend the Marietta-funeral of Trooper Chadwick LeCroy, who was fatally shot Monday.

A horse-drawn caisson will bring the slain trooper's body from a funeral home to a 1 p.m. service at the Roswell Street Baptist Church. Afterward, the procession will head to the Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery for burial.

LeCroy died after trying to arrest a suspect after a car chase, with the suspect firing and fatally hitting the trooper in the neck.

LeCroy is the first state patrol officer since 1975 to die in the line of duty.

Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered flags at the state Capitol to be flown at half-staff today in honor of LeCroy.

“Trooper LeCroy was a dedicated and devoted public servant ensuring the safety of all Georgia citizens,” said Governor Perdue. “Mary and I mourn his passing and pray for his family during this difficult time.”