Memorial signs for fallen policewoman installed

The memorial signs for Atlanta policewoman Senior Officer Gail Thomas have been installed, Atlanta police said Wednesday.

Thomas was killed in January 2012 when she was struck by a drunk driver on a Downtown Connector ramp while she was trying to direct traffic to protect two younger officers who were working the scene of a car wreck.

The signs were installed under exit 251 on I-75 south, near where the accident happened.

“This person worked for 20-plus years and she did everything she could to do the job correctly,” Lt. Jeff Cantin, Thomas’ supervisor, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this month at the unveiling of the signs. “She was a great person to work (with) — always had a great smile. She was the perfect employee.”

The driver who killed Thomas, Chasity Jones of Stone Mountain, was convicted of vehicular homicide and failure to obey the direction of an officer. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

“Thank you Lt. Cantin for seeing this project through all the way to the end,” Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said.

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