Hero Down: Savannah Officer Anthony Christie Killed By Head-On Semi

HollyMatkin

A Savannah police officer was killed in the line of duty as he directed traffic at a crash scene.

Savannah, GA – Savannah Police Officer Anthony Christie was killed in the line of duty on May 25, when his patrol vehicle was struck head-on by a tractor trailer as he was directing traffic at another crash scene.

Officer Christie, 37, responded to a report of a head-on collision just after 3:20 a.m., WSAV reported.

He was sitting in his patrol car with his lights activated, and was detouring traffic of off the roadway, when an 18-wheeler impacted the side of his vehicle, police said.

Officer Christie later succumbed to his injuries.

“Officer Christie was doing what many of our officers do every day when he was tragically struck this morning,” Savannah Police Chief Mark Revenew said during a Friday news conference. “We know policing is a dangerous job, but that doesn’t make incidents like this any less heartbreaking for our community, our department and the entire blue family.”

According to WJCL, the driver of the tractor-trailer was uninjured in the collision, and the investigation into the incident was ongoing.

Officer Christie joined the department in December of 2015, and was sworn in on May 19, 2016, WSAV reported.

The two-year veteran of the force was “passionate about serving his community,” according to his obituary.

Officer Christie was among a group of officers who received a Team Work Award for their role in the search and rescue of a missing child, who had been abandoned in a forest by a robbery suspect in 2016.

“Anthony was respected by his fellow officers and the people he came in contact with while on the job,” his obituary read.

Prior to his time with the Savannah Police Department, he served 13 years in the United States Navy, and continued as a reservist after joining the police force.

He was a decorated war veteran, and was awarded the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal.

He had been married to his wife, Nicole, for 15 years at the time of his tragic death.

"The 200 Club of Savannah stands ready to help Nicole, forever," vowed 200 Club President Mark Dana, according to WSAV. "We will never leave her side. We will provide her with financial support anything she needs."

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach said that Officer Christie’s death marked a “sad day in the City of Savannah,” WSAV reported.

“Please keep Officer Christie and all of our officers in your prayers,” DeLoach requested. “If you see an officer, please stop them and thank them for their service.”

Officer Christie will be laid to rest on Saturday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Savannah Police Officer Anthony Christie, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (13)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sad story. This article has a bit of contradictory info in that it says the impact was head on and then, later says it was a side impact. Not that it matters much. Thoughts and prayers.

satmantoo
satmantoo

Holly Marlin uses the old “bait and switch” to get you to read her article. As if the truth isn’t bad enough!

GForce48
GForce48

RIP Brother and condolences to the family.

John.Brown
John.Brown

No, the title is accurate. The semi hit the patrol vehicle head-on, meaning the semi, not the patrol car. That's why it says, "Head-on semi", which is 100% accurate.

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

Why even mention it if it doesn’t ‘matter much’. The point is another LEO is killed regardless. It matters a great deal. JS!

John.Brown
John.Brown

All the Bugger does is post things that don’t matter.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"his patrol vehicle was struck head-on by a tractor trailer" If this is not inaccurate, it is misleading. What apparently really happened is that his patrol vehicle was T-boned by the semi.

HeWasMyHero1943
HeWasMyHero1943

Really folks? A Law Officer is dead a widow and the community of Savannah is heartbroken........ childish remarks instead of prayers is beyond insensitive. My prayers and deepest condolences are with Nicole Christie and his family both blood and Blue. Officer Anthony Christie your life mattered. Rest easy thank you for your exemplary service both military and blue.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Officer Christie's death matters. So does accurate, non-misleading, reporting about his death occurred.

ON EDIT: I will further explain that accurate reporting matters because this may lead to policy changes on how police vehicles and officers are positioned while directing traffic around a wreck. Maybe the vehicles and Officer Christie himself could not have been positioned any differently, but, maybe they could have been. If there is room for improvement in policy then it is important to use this tragedy as a learning experience to craft policies that will avoid similar tragedies in the future. Because Blue Lives Matter!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday - one of the most dangerous things an officer can do is direct traffic. Anyone who has been in law enforcement knows you have a better chance of being killed on the job in a traffic related injury than just about anything else they can do. As far as your comments are concerned, you seem to enjoy provoking people even when it involves the loss of life, as in this case. Nothing seems to be off bounds for you. You are truly a sad excuse for a human being.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"one of the most dangerous things an officer can do is direct traffic. Anyone who has been in law enforcement knows you have a better chance of being killed on the job in a traffic related injury than just about anything else they can do." I agree with this part of your comment. The next step is figuring out what happened here so that history does not repeat itself. The way this article makes it sound is as if the deceased was directing traffic from his vehicle from the driver's seat, with his driver side door facing oncoming traffic. If that is what happened it seems odd, and a good catalyst for discussion on a policy change.

WoodMagnolia
WoodMagnolia

Burgers, I understand what you’re saying and the point you’re making. But at the same time, I’m sure the LEOs handling this accident/wreck have the true and accurate information. I don’t think they are going to be making any calls based on an article about the incident. At the same time, I have noticed a lot of article from BlueLivesMatter that give very misleading headlines. For me though, it truly is about the blue lives, not whomever has written an article about the tragedy. My thoughts and prayers and condolences go to Officer Christie’s family blood and blue.

Betts122
Betts122

Rest in God's eternal love Ofc. Christie! May God bless your family and your brothers and sisters in blue! Thank you Ofc. Christie for your dedication and your valuable service!


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