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Law officers will share ammunition box to honor fallen trooper
Chad LeCroy was shot, killed in 2010 traffic stop in Atlanta
Sgt. Jeff Shoemaker, right, hands deputy Kacy Stewart the traveling memorial at a ceremony Monday evening. In the center is John Stewart.

An ammo box is usually just that, an ammo box with little significance.

But one particular ammo box will hold much significance for the next year as it's passed around from police officer to police officer throughout the entire state to honor Georgia State Patrol trooper Chad LeCroy.

LeCroy was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Atlanta on Dec. 27, 2010.

John Stewart, senior steward at Johnnie's Hill Lodge in Talmo, organized the moving memorial along with his son, deputy Kacy Stewart and Sgt. Jeff Shoemaker, both with the Hall County Sheriff's Office.

"The primary purpose of it is to honor trooper LeCroy's sacrifice and to call attention to that," John Stewart said. "As the public and all of us tend to do in daily life, naturally we don't keep stuff like that on top of our memory."

By the time the memorial is over, 744 law enforcement personnel will have been in possession of the ammo box for 744 minutes each. The significance of 744: trooper LeCroy's badge number.

The memorial will begin in Hall County on Nov. 1 and is scheduled to end with it's last recipient on Nov. 13, 2013. But where it's final stop will be is a mystery.

"We do not know where it's going to go," John Stewart said. "It's going to stay in the state of Georgia, but that's all we know."

The start date of Nov. 1 was also strategically chosen to coincide with All Souls Day.

"This is of a spiritual nature," John Stewart said.

The ammo box itself also holds significance among Freemasons.

"There's a Masonic saying," John Stewart said. "There are four boxes in America that defend freedom and liberty: one being the soapbox, second being the ballot box, third being the jury box and fourth being, if necessary, the ammo box."

The ammo box is painted black with the symbolic law enforcement blue stripe running around it and a No. 744 badge sticker on the top.

John Stewart handed the box off to Shoemaker on Monday night at the Stone Lodge off Old Cornelia Highway during the Freemasons scheduled meeting.

Inside the box are three documents: instructions, a dedication and a biography of LeCroy.

"When each officer reads this and gets this, in spirit trooper LeCroy will be riding shotgun with them," John Stewart said.

While in possession of the ammo box, John Stewart hopes officers will be reminded to always be aware of potential dangers while performing their jobs.

"They are asked in these instructions to receive this honorably and to reflect on it," he said. "The instructions ask them to reflect on how this happened and why, so we feel like it will have a positive reinforcement there on the fact that no traffic stop is routine."

After the box has made it's rounds of 744 law enforcement officers, it will be presented to LeCroy's two sons and his widow. Inside the box will be a journal of every officer who had possession of it during it's two years of circulating around the state.

"We want to give this to his sons to demonstrate to them the bond of the law enforcement community," John Stewart said.

He said the feedback from law enforcement regarding the moving memorial has been positive.

"So far we have had great comments and everybody
seems to be motivated, and I've even been told that people are thinking about doing this in the future as a tradition," John Stewart said.


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