GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Gwinnett County church celebrated Thanksgiving morning in the spirit of gratitude for law enforcement across the Metro, and one officer who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve.
Officer Antwan Toney was shot and killed Oct. 20 while responding to a 911 call of a suspicious vehicle. His death sent shock waves throughout the Metro and the country.
The officer from the south precinct of the Gwinnett County Police Department would patrol the area surrounding Jubilee Christian Church International; the church decided to hold a service of thanks for the fallen officer and his comrades.
"We want to bring this awareness of the sacrifice of the police," said Pastor Michael Adebiyi, the chaplain for the police department.
Church members presented officers with a plaque honoring Officer Toney and prepared a Thanksgiving feast for church members and officers.
"It's heartwarming to see the outpour from this church. We are Gwinnett County are still trying to do everything that Officer Toney did," said Lt. Michael Reddick.
The church plans to hold a tribute service to law enforcement and firefighters next year.