For the fourth year in a row, Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown honored employees of the sheriff’s office with an awards ceremony, to showcase their hard work and dedication to the citizens of Newton County.
Newton County District Attorney Layla Zon, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony, told the deputies and NCSS employees how proud she and her office was of them, and of the work they do.
"You are truly our hometown heroes," she said, adding that of all the words people use to describe members of law enforcement, her favorite is peace officer, because their mere presence invokes peace.
"You keep the peace in our community…and that is what all of us, at the core of our bodies, yearn for. Peace. Now more than ever we need peace…we need you."
Awards for years of service
One Year: Romario A. Johnson, Veronica M. Ramirez, Bryant Jones, Freda Holloway, Cindy D. Hooper, Jeffrey Maden, Bradrick J. Hill, Beau M. Alexander and Timel B. Parrish.
Five Years: Lawrence E. Digby, John S. Hood, Ronald E. Woodson, Charles E. Ledford, Aimee L. Oliver, Robert W. Scott Jr., John L. Redlinger, Kaddeem M. Myrie, Wesley W. Atha, Barbara K. Ewing, Jerry J. Rousselle, Fred D. Landress, Radny P. Singleton, Priscilla T. Gilbert, Roderick J. White, Jeremy T. Vieira, Paula G. Worthey, Andre L. Lawrence, Selena L. Williams, Fate E. Reed, Dawn T. Hunter, Darrell W. Odom, Jeremy C. Salers, Jamie M. Green, Tamieka S. Ross and Billy R. Leazer.
10 Years: Chad M. Hunt, Paul H. Gunter, Walter G. Taylor and Demeca S. Smith
15 Years: Daronna N. Cobb, Sonya N. Benton, Christopher M. Hegwood, Christopher B. Hale and Kenneth D. Kent
20 Years: Brent C. Langley and Mark J. Mitchell
25 Years: Carol J. Threadgill and Gary L. Bradford
35 Years: Tommy L. Thomason
Purple Heart: Tommy Jones
Division Deputy of the Year
Patrol: Steve P. Gunnells
Criminal Investigation Division: Sharron L. Stewart
Court Services: Thomas K. Gladden
Special Investigation Unit: Richard A. Howard
Detention: Fate E. Reed
Deputy of the Year: Mark A. Polite
Rookie of the Year: Aimee L. Oliver
Employee of the Year: Barbara K. Esque