On April 17, 1988, Officer Norman was traveling on Pat Mell Road responding to a dispatch when his patrol car was stuck by another vehicle driven by an impaired juvenile. Injuries resulting from the accident ended Officer Norman’s law enforcement career and left him a quadriplegic.
On February 14, 2009 at 4:03 PM, Officer Norman died at Wellstar Cobb Hospital as a result from medical complications believed to be related to injuries suffered in the accident 20 years earlier. Officer Freddie Norman was 45 and lived in Austell, GA. Having a "never give up" attitude Officer Norman serves as an inspiration to all Cobb County Police Officers. The Cobb County Police Department honors the service and sacrifice of Officer Norman and his family.