GCSO captain dies from COVID-19 complications

January 24, 2021–5:30 p.m.

GORDON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

The law enforcement community in Gordon County is mourning the loss of one of their own.

Gordon County Sheriff’s Office Captain Mike Garigan passed away Sunday morning from COVID-19-related medical complications.

Captain Garigan served in the Sheriff’s Office for over 3 decades, as a uniformed deputy, a detective, and most recently as the Jail Division Commander.

He rose steadily through the ranks, and was decorated on numerous occasions for bravery and excellent police work.

For several years in the 1990s, Mike was the Sheriff’s Office DARE coordinator, and is fondly remembered by the hundreds of children he met, taught and to whom he provided a positive influence.

He was extraordinarily popular in the community.

According to a statement from Sheriff Mitch Ralston, “Mike battled tenaciously and bravely for several weeks with the the illness. He was a fighter. He was known for his love of sports, and he dedicated countless hours to coaching young people’s teams. Mike loved children. He loved people. He was a dedicated peace officer, a devoted Christian, and a loving family man. My staff and I loved Mike and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike’s family at this trying time.”

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