SHAWNEE, Okla. – Field deputy David Warta is patrolling the streets of Pottawatomie County to serve and protect.
And, on this day – it’s a different kind of “serve.”
County deputies are pulling over good drivers and blessing them with a holiday ham.
“A lot people are struggling with bills and don’t have the blessings that we have. And, we are fortunate to do this,” said Lt. Jimmy Brewer.
Eighty hams were donated and are being distributed to motorists, like Martha Marler.
“That was on my grocery list. Thank you for your service,” she said.
The flashing red lights in the rear view mirror can cause anxiety.
But, it quickly turns to joy and gratitude.
We were there as Warta surprised some motorists.
“You looked like you could use a ham.”
“I could use a ham.”
“Merry Christmas from the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office”
“Thank you very much.”
Deputies are also distributing gloves and hats to help the homeless survive the bitter winter.
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Law enforcement officers from several agencies have been honored for their work and dedication on cases involving domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month.
During the fourth annual Citizen Potawatomi Nation Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign, held Saturday at Shawnee Mall, seven local police officers were recognized with an award by the District Attorney’s office.
Assistant District Attorney Sunne Day said the CPN made the awards possible during its annual event.
The officers were recognized for their outstanding service to victims of domestic violence as well as their attention to detail in their reports to prosecutors on domestic violence cases.
Honored were: Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Hawkins; Tecumseh Police Lt. J.R. Kidney; CPN Officer Lee Minnick and four officers from the Shawnee Police Department — Jason Crouch, Darrell Williams, Kim Dibble and Mike Laughlin.
“These officers deal with the worst that humanity does to each other and to people they are supposed to love the most,” Day said while presenting the awards. She told the officers that what they do does save lives. Day said the awards were donated by CPN and Shawnee Trophy and she appreciates CPN for the opportunity to present the awards in conjunction with the event.
The awareness campaign, hosted by the CPN Family Violence Prevention Program, included several booths of information from various organizations and law enforcement agencies, along with a program of keynote speakers and other presentations.