|Area’s top officers honored at annual Chamber cookout|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Oct. 21, 2005 -- Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce recognized the top law enforcement officers of the year Thursday evening, honoring patrol officers and investigators alike.
Nominated by fellow officers in the Sulphur Springs office of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Trooper II Bill Reese was selected as Trooper of the Year.
Reese is a leader in the department's district in accident investigation as a level six accident reconstructionist. Because of his skills, Trooper Reese is often called upon for his investigative skills and consulted for his insight, according to the letter of nomination from fellow DPS officers and supervisors.
Supervisors said Reese is noted for his "use of superior judgment to make conscientious decisions," and eagerly accepts extra responsibilities and takes on extra-duty assignments as needed.
Mike Morgan was selected as Sulphur Springs Police Department's officer of the year.
Since joining the department in 2002, Morgan "brings an extremely positive attitude to work each and every day."
In introducing Morgan, the letter of nomination said he exemplifies the "essential characteristics that every department looks for in a public servant -- dedication, professionalism, fairness, trustworthiness, honesty and a team player."
Officer Morgan, the letter of nomination said, "strives each day to bring calmness to a chaotic society -- justice to the criminal element and safety to the citizens and visitors to this city."
Rather than single out a particular deputy, Sheriff Butch Adams recommended the entire investigative division of the sheriff's department be recognized for their work in clearing more than 63 percent of their cases this year and holding a continuing average of more than 50 percent.
Those officers honored included investigators Henry Turner, Lewis Tatum, Jace Anglin and Chief Investigator Andy Chester.
Adams said the division is dedicated and "has the willingness to go the extra mile in what they do."
Investigator Harold McClure was selected as Red River Valley Drug Task Force Officer of the Year by his fellow officers.
McClure was cited for having made more than 55 felony arrests and 25 misdemeanor arrests over the past year along with seizure of two methamphetamine labs.
The drug interdiction officer is also credited with seizing more than 130 grams of methamphetamine, 31 pounds of cocaine, 28 pounds of marijuana and large quantities of other illicit drugs. He was also responsible for the seizure of 12 vehicles, four weapons and more than $4,300 in cash.
Game Warden Glen Stone was honored as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Officer of the Year. Stone, a 20-year law enforcement veteran, served as deputy sheriff in Delta County for 10 years before joining the state agency 10 years ago.
Stone is stationed at the Doctor's Creek Unit of Cooper Lake State Park where he continues to assist visitors and fellow officers in a professional manner and has received many compliments from visitors to the park.
Cooper Lake State Park Complex Manager Rodney Franklin said Stone is a "shining example of professionalism and courtesy."
Hopkins County Sheriff's Posse selected Paul Horton as the posse member of the year.
Horton was described as being always dedicated and available when needed, participating 100 percent of the time on all assignments that have included manhunts and search and rescue missions.