Officer Drew Haynes Brown was born July 5, 1954, in Thomaston, Georgia. Drew attended O'Keefe High School, then moved to Marietta and graduated from Osborne High School. He was attending Kennesaw College studying business law at the time of his death.
Drew was the son of Elmore "Buddy" Haynes Brown who was a detective with the department in the 1960's and 1970's. Drew joined the Cobb County Police Department on September 26, 1977.
His first assignment as a uniform officer was at Precinct 2 in Mableton. In 1983, Drew was assigned to the newly created Marietta Cobb DUI Task Force and became one of its first members.
On December 17, 1983, while Drew was operating radar in the median on Highway 41 northbound, north of Blue Springs Road, a drunk driver struck the rear of his patrol vehicle. Drew was killed instantly when his vehicle exploded.
Officer Drew Brown was posthumously awarded the Cobb County Police Department's Medal of Valor in February 1984 and also was awarded the Cobb County Bar Association 1984 Officer of the Year Award. For six years a scholarship was awarded to a deserving student in Drew's memory at Kennesaw College.
In 1993 a new award was added to the department's annual awards ceremony. This award, known as the Drew Brown Community Service Award, is presented to a deserving officer who displays outstanding service to the department and the community as a whole. It has been part of the awards ceremony ever since.