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Gainesville officer killed on duty in 1972 to be honored with intersection
The intersection of Beechwood and Dawsonville Highway will be named for Gainesville police officer Henry Tillman Davis, who was killed in a car accident while on the job.
As steam rose from the crushed police car, Bill Taylor ran over to check on his good friend and colleague Henry Tilman Davis in the crash. It’s a tough story to tell for the retired Gainesville Police Department captain, even as the intersection is set to be named for Davis almost 45 years after that moment. Davis was riding as a passenger Sept. 29, 1972, when a car on Dawsonville Highway slammed into the rear and pushed Davis’ car into a second head-on collision.