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Home News-Telegram News Neighbors: Capt. Henry Turner — Dedicated HCSO officer receives well-deserved send-off

Neighbors: Capt. Henry Turner — Dedicated HCSO officer receives well-deserved send-off

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Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office recently honored one of their own for 26 years of service to the department and citizens of the county.

Capt. Henry Turner received several awards and words of thanks from his fellow officers at his retirement reception, a room packed full of current and past coworkers, officers and other members of law enforcement and legal professionals paying tribute to him for more than two decades of dedicated service.

Among those attending were all three of the sheriffs he worked for — Butch Adams, Bill Dierks and Mark Bassham. Several of the officers and sheriff’s staff he worked with when he first started his career were among the friend and family present.

Turner is well know for professionalism in the field of law enforcement as well as his sense of humor, words of encouragement or pat on the back, and when warranted, stern looks or words of correction. He didn’t often have to raise his voice or exhibit force to dissuade unruly citizens, inmates, suspects or even officers in need of direction; a disapproving look was usually enough. But, when the situation required it, he took the actions necessary to resolve whatever situation arose — some perilous, some difficult, others sad, vexing, routine or just plain difficult.

Turner has served in various positions at HCSO, starting in January 1987. He began his career as a jailer, served as a patrol deputy, been a criminal investigator, field training officer, continuing education training instructor, administrator and head of the patrol division.

He retires this month as patrol captain, a position he’s held for about a year. When Turner announced his intent to retire, G.K. McLarry was promoted to patrol lieutenant, the position formerly held by Turner and Turner became patrol captain. McLarry began working with Turner, learning a lot more of the administrative side of the job, to make the change in leadership flow more smoothly. During the transistion, Turner has also helped the jail administrator to streamline jail operations, making them more efficient and safe.

 

In addition to a luncheon, Turner was presented several mementos at the reception— some given in the jest, symbols of the camaraderie he shares with the HCSO officers and staff, others earnestly given as a symbol of all he has done and meant to HCSO and the law enforcement community during the last 26 years.

Sheriff Butch Adams and Patrol Lt. G.K. McLarry presented Turner with a medal honoring his service. The medal was purchased by Sgt. Victor Cosme, who was being treated at the VA Hospital and unable to attend the reception, but he was there in spirit with the medal. Cosme retired in September after 20 years with the department.

HCSO Patrol Sgt. Paul Fenimore presented Turner with a plaque of appreciation thanking him for his service, guidance and dedication.

As has become custom, Turner was awarded a retirement badge from HCSO.

Adams also presented on behalf of the HCSO patrol division a Texas-shaped plaque awarded to “Captain H. O. Turner. For your years of dedicated and devoted service to the citizens of Hopkins County” from January 1987-November 2013.

Chief Deputy Rickey Morgan handed Turner a gun case, which he said contained a gift from Morgan, Adams and Chief Investigator Lewis Tatum. Morgan explained the case contained an “engraved” firearm for his protection during retirement, something to keep all his life — it turned out to be a small pistol that looked no bigger than a toy in Turner’s hands. The engraving was Turner’s name printed on paper and taped to the gun. He was presented a knife in the same light. The “gag” gifts were presented in the spirit of fun camaraderie Turner shares with fellow officers.

At the end of the awards presentation, Turner was given his real gift — another box containing a Sig Sauer .40 caliber pistol worthy of a “very deserving” friend and public servant, one guaranteed to draw that trademark grin and twinkle of merriment in his eye. Patrol division, the Criminal Investigations Division and administrators all pitched in to procure the weapon.


“It has been a pleasure to work with each and every one at the sheriff’s office, to know you as family. It’s just been wonderful. I’ve tried to keep the good Lord in my life as a beacon of light. I hope my career has inspired those who needed a little inspiration in life,” Turner said.

And as if often the case, Turner shared part of the spotlight with another deputy. As his last big act of service he presented a letter of commendation to deputy Adrian Pruitt for his actions above the call of duty on Nov. 20, when responding to a call for help on Interstate 30 at the 135 mile marker, where a person became pinned down by a vehicle that’d fallen off a jack while he was trying to help a couple change a flat tire, Turner noted.

 

 

 

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