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      Local police chief returns to duty after 9/11

      Dougherty Co. Police Chief Don Cheeks left law enforcement, then returned after the September 11th terrorist attacks

      The events on September 11th influenced some Americans to become more patriotic. For a local police chief, it influenced him to return to duty.

      Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek says he left law enforcement years ago to become a professor at Darton College. He was in his study when he saw the September 11th terrorist attacks, and that's when he heard his calling to return.

      "I felt almost like a fish out of water. With everything that was going on post-9/11, I wanted to get back in it," says Cheek.

      When he first saw the news that day, Chief Cheek says the tragic events didn't even register with him.

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