Sheriff’s officer to compete in Daly's memory

A Clayton County sheriff's corrections officer will compete next month in an annual law enforcement athletic event held this year to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Sheriff Kem Kimbrough said Corrections Officer Jarvis T. Braxton has been invited to compete in the 2011 World Police and Fire Games in New York City. Braxton got the invitation after successfully competing in the Florida Police and Fire Games in June.

Braxton will compete in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter run, 4x100 meter relay and 4x400 meter relay, in memory of Clayton County Sheriff's Deputy Rick Daly. Daly was killed July 20 in the line of duty during a traffic stop in Riverdale.

Braxton has been with Clayton County for 18 months. He attended Valdosta State University where he studied sociology.

Braxton is funding the trip out of his own pocket, but donations are being accepted at the sheriff's office to offset those costs. Donations exceeding Braxton's needs will be given to the Georgia Sheriff's Youth Homes.

Contributions can be sent to Maj. Robert Sowell, Clayton County Sheriff's Office, 9157 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, Ga. 30236.

— Kathy Jefcoats