Lowndes County, GA - Lowndes County Deputy Michael Butler died on Saturday night, February 25, 2017, after his patrol vehicle collided with a semi with no trailer.
According to Valdosta Daily Times, the incident occurred at 8:25 PM on Cat Creek Road near Norman Hall Road. Deputy Butler was responding with lights and sirens activated to a report of a domestic call. He was traveling north on Cat Creek Road.
A semi driven by Robbie Register of Tifton, Georgia, was traveling east on Norman Hall Road, and had stopped for a stop sign at the intersection of both roads. It then began turning south on Cat Creek Road. The front of the semi crossed the center line of Cat Creek Road as it made its turn, into the path of Deputy Butler's patrol car. The front of the Deputy's patrol vehicle then collided with the right front of the semi.
The semi's driver pulled Deputy Butler from his vehicle when it caught fire after the crash, according to WTXL. Lowndes County Deputy Michael Butler, 39, was transported to South Georgia Medical Center, where he died. Robbie Register, the semi driver, was not injured.
The Georgia State Patrol is conducting the investigation. It is not known yet if charges will be filed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of fallen hero Lowndes County Deputy Michael Butler, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for your service.
Deputy Butler, your life mattered.
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