Lieutenant John William Hood was born in April 1891 in Milton County, which is now north Fulton County. When he grew up he dedicated his life to law enforcement and service to the residents of Cobb County.
During his career he was a Cobb County Sheriff's Deputy and a Warden in the correctional system. Hood then joined the Cobb County Police Department in 1945 and held various assignments there.
Shortly after midnight on June 18, 1960, Lt. Hood responded to a call concerning drag racing on State Highway 120 east of Marietta, known today as Roswell Road.
With emergency lights and siren operating, Lt. Hood's patrol car crested a hill on Roswell Road and was hit head on by one of the two racing vehicles.
An 18-year-old was driving the vehicle on the wrong side of the road and traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour when he hit Lt. Hood.
The teenage driver did not survive the accident. Lt. Hood was rushed to Kennestone Hospital where he struggled to live for another seven days. On June 25, 1960, Lt. Hood died from his injuries. He was 69 years old and one month away from retirement.
Lt. Hood was the first Cobb County Police Officer to die in the line of duty. Those who knew him admired him. Now retired Lt. Harold Davis described him as "one of the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to work with."