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Chamber Sponsors Annual Law Enforcement/First Responder Appreciation Awards Dinner

Lezley Brown, CEO of the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, facilitated the annual Law Enforcement, Fire and First Responder Appreciation Awards Dinner held on Thursday January 10, 2019 at the Civic Center in Sulphur Springs. “Officer of the Year” and other recognitions were handed out by the various branches. A delicious ribeye steak dinner was provided by local attorney Jim McLeroy and his team of volunteer cooks. After 30 years of showing his support in this way for the trained law, rescue and fire personnel who serve our community, he is passing the privilege to local attorney Heath Hyde who volunteered for the “job”. Chamber of Commerce staff and ambassadors also helped facilitate the evening for about 260 first responders and their guests.

Host Jim McLeroy brings in more steaks fresh off the grill

Hopkins County Fire Chief Andy Endsley awards Volunteer Firefighter of the Year to Cody Raleigh…

…and former Commissioner Don Patterson receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of county firefighting units
Sheriff Lewis Tatum presents Officer of the Year to Kelly Wiser

…and Corrections Officer of the Year to Julie Watson, Jail Kitchen Manager

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Posse Captain Frank Teiman award Jimmy Harris Officer of the Year

Gordon “Lurch” Fulcher receives the Officer of the Year award from SSISD Police Chief Glenda Chester

Sulphur Springs Police Officer Terry Miller received two awards…Officer of the Year from SSPD Rusty Stillwagoner, and Officer of the Year presented by Mark Estes of Hopkins County Law Enforcement Association

Sulphur Springs Fire Department’s Tim Vaughn presents Chris Penny the Officer of the Year award as Chamber CEO Lezley Brown and host Jim McLeroy look on
Longtime Chamber Office staffer Cathy Williams helps in serving line

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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