In Memory of Captain Ramsey O’Dell Mannon
On Thursday, August 12, 2021, Georgia residents were again informed about the loss of yet another law enforcement officer in their state that had died due to the coronavirus pandemic this month. In August 2021, Georgia lost eight officers to the virus.
Captain Ramsey O’Dell Mannon served his community as a sworn officer with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. Unfortunately, he died due to complications of the virus he contracted through his work protecting the community. Mannon, badge number 4118, was 57 years old.
Mannon was a veteran of the department. Unfortunately, many law enforcement agencies across the country are losing their top leaders, veterans, and mentors. Mannon served with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Officer for over 38 years. He began his life in civil service as a young man. Then, he joined the military to serve his country. Mannon was a US Air Force Veteran. He was a Desert Storm Veteran and also served as the department’s Chaplain.
Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Mannon was a leader at the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office. The ECSO is located in Springfield, Georgia. The department’s jurisdiction is 483 square miles with 5.2 square miles of waterfront. Services are provided to a population of more than 64,000 residents. The earliest known sheriff in Effingham was John Dasher, who served from 1852 to 1863.
The department has several divisions, including civil process, communications, community policing services, investigations, and patrols. Like most sheriff’s departments, the ECSO is responsible for maintaining and operating the Effingham County Jail. In addition, deputies provide court security and are assigned as bailiffs. The ECSO is also responsible for the collection of the local county taxes.
Captain Ramsey O’Dell Mannon leaves behind his wife, two children, and two grandchildren. Mannon touched many lives in his community during his career. The response from residents was significant as they lined the streets to share gratitude for the sacrifice made by Captain Mannon.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police or the IACP announced the loss and sent condolences to the family. “We send our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Captain Ramsey O’Dell Mannon, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia.”
Friend Bonnie Dixon shared in the loss of a good friend and sent condolences to his family. “Ramsey was a man of courage and honor, gentleness and strength, wisdom and kindness. I have many wonderful memories of working with him on a variety of community projects. Over the years, I witnessed first-hand his compassion for those in need. I reflect today on the last time I saw him. He was happy, smiling, and joking – just as he was 99.9% of the time. He gave the invocation, prayed a beautiful prayer, and then led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The best memory. He will be missed. Praying for your comfort and strength. God Bless.”
Roland and Linda Dann posted their thoughts online for the Mannon family. “We will all miss Ramsey and our visits with him. He had a special place in our lives, and you’ll never know how many lives he touched along his life journey. Our prayers are with you and your family. He was definitely a “Soldier Of The Cross and served his call very well.”