The Carroll County Board of Supervisors honored local police officers and unanimously passed a resolution during its January meeting declaring January 9 as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D).
During the board’s January 9 meeting, newly elected Chairman Bob Martin asked for a motion to pass the resolution.
“It’s long overdue. We all read the paper and hear the news, and officers seem to be the target nationwide for whatever reason,” Martin said, before addressing Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner. “Sheriff, we are appreciative of the job you do and encourage your folks to operate as safely as they can. It seems to be a trying time for any law enforcement in surrounding counties and jurisdictions.”
Supervisor Robbie McCraw made a motion to approve the resolution. It was seconded by Supervisor Joshua Hendrick and passed unanimously. Other board members brought the topic up later in the meeting during Supervisors’ Time.
“I want to point out Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is well deserved for our officers across the nation, especially with what they have had to go through the last four or five years,” Supervisor Rex Hill said. “Keep them in our prayers.”
Robbie McCraw said he wanted to reiterate Hill’s comments.
“We really appreciate the law enforcement in this county and the surrounding areas and the job that they do and the sacrifices that they make for our protection,” he said. “You never know when we are going to need them until we need them. It is good to know that we have them and they will protect us.”
Supervisor Dr. Tom Littrell said he would also like to express his appreciation to law agencies in the area and across the country.
“I have often thought over the years of all the professions and occupations that I might have chosen. And this is obviously nothing against law enforcement, but that was always on the bottom of my list because I am sure I wouldn’t have the authority necessary to do what was needed to be done in the field,” Littrell said. “My hat’s off to all of you guys who are willing to do that.”
At the conclusion of the meeting, supervisors honored Sheriff Gardner and Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Gary Bourne.
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