Tuesday, April 13, 2010
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The Atha family of Covington and their supporters were honored at the Georgia Capitol on Monday for their efforts in raising nearly $90,000 from the community to purchase Level III bulletproof vests for Newton County deputies. Shown with the proclamation lauding their efforts are, in back, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown; center row, from left, Dawn Atha, Wesley Atha and state Sen. John Douglas. In front are NCSO Deputy Wesley Atha with his wife, Brittany Atha, Susan F. Aaron and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. Coupled with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bullet-Proof Vest Partnership, the fund stands at $146,708.23 and all sworn deputies and the sheriff will soon be wearing the improved armor. "That was pretty awesome," Dawn Atha said about her experiences at the Capitol. "I didn't think we deserved it, but it was certainly a nice day." She initiated the campaign after her son, Deputy Atha, and Deputy James Trent were shot in the line of duty.