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Woman says local officer who died saved her life

By Brittany Nicholson
By bnicholson@bahakelcomm.com

SAVANNAH, Tenn. -- A woman remembers Jamison Woody, the Savannah police officer who was killed in a car crash two weeks ago, as the man who saved her life.

Kristy Locklear said she barely knew Woody, but the news of his sudden death hit hard. She met him nearly 3 years ago on one of the worst days of her life.

"When he came to the door, that entire glass door was busted out, all the things in here were tossed over," Locklear said about the state of her living room when police were called to her home for domestic violence.

She says her now ex-husband had hit her, like he had many times before.

Locklear said she had officers tell her to leave, but that night Officer Woody looked her in the eyes and made her a promise she believed.

"He said it's your choice what you do, but I've been to called to you, called to your house before. He said we can help you, we can help this not happen again," Locklear said.

She said his caring nature convinced her he would make sure she was never hurt again. So she filed charges.

"I went through the process of getting a divorce and I was able to do it peaceably and without fear," she said.

Locklear said she is now happily remarried and says she owes her new life to Officer Woody.

"Thank you," Locklear said as she cried, " Thank you for just being a human being and for caring."

Officer Woody was killed in a midnight car crash Monday August 15. The driver of the car lost control and hit a tree.