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Houston County sheriff’s Maj. Alan Everidge, right, makes his way through the jail that houses more than 450 prisoners as inmates are shackled before making the underground trek to an appearance before a Superior Court judge Thursday. Everidge has taken command of the jail, replacing Charles Holt.
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WARNER ROBINS -- The fatal shooting of high school classmate and sheriff’s deputy Danny Ray Jr. by a Houston County jail inmate was “the fire that lit underneath” for Alan Everidge to make the step into law enforcement.

Everidge, 46, a 25-year veteran of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, recently stepped into the role of jail administrator at the Houston County jail. He was promoted to the rank of major.

In 1986, the year Ray was killed during the inmate’s escape attempt, Everidge was working for Greyhound transportation as his father had before him. But Everidge said he already was feeling the tug toward public service having served as a volunteer Houston County firefighter.

The May 10, 1986, death of Ray, who served one year as a sheriff’s deputy before he was shot and killed by an inmate he’d shared pizza with the night before, was a defining moment for Everidge.

He knew he wanted to have a career in which he felt like he was making a difference.

By the end of that year, Everidge had landed a job with Warner Robins police where he began his law enforcement career. He joined the

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