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Saturday at the Fuzz Run, Covington Police officer Matt Cooper (left) was named an honorary Georgia State Trooper, with his own GSP tag featuring his badge number. Sunday night he was a team captain for the Atlanta Falcons, and Tuesday night the Atlanta Braves will be honoring him.

COVINGTON - Accolades and honors continue to pour in for Covington Police officer and hometown hero Matt Cooper, with the latest being named an honorary team captain for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday and plans by the Atlanta Braves to honor him at their game Tuesday.

Just over a year after being nearly killed in a line-of-duty shooting, Cooper celebrated his wedding anniversary, ran in the Fuzz Run’s Fun Run Saturday morning, was named an honorary member of the Georgia State Patrol, received a year’s supply of meals from his favorite restaurant Zaxby’s, enjoyed a car show in his honor, and Sunday night was the honorary team captain for the Falcons versus the Philadelphia Eagles at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Tuesday night, Cooper will throw out the first pitch at the Braves game and the Braves will recognize Cooper during the 4th inning of their game with the Philadelphia Phillies. According to an email from Covington Police Capt. Ken Malcom, friends and supporters of Cooper can sit in a special cheering section at SunTrust Park to watch the game and cheer on Cooper while wearing their favorite Matt Cooper T-shirt.

Fans who would like to attend and support Cooper should buy online and look for tickets available in left field.

Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.