Repost from Coastal Courier February 7, 2016
Editor, Dec. 28, 2015, will forever be imprinted in my mind.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Harry Middleton phoned my house, told me his name and asked me my name and several questions.
Right away, he said he had to answer another call and would call me right back. After 30 minutes had passed, I called the dispatcher to locate him.
Five minutes later, Trooper Middleton called to say he was coming up my driveway. All the while, I had no idea what had happened.
He got out of his car, introduced himself and started a conversation. Realizing that this could be serious, I asked Trooper Middleton, was my son in his car and was he OK? He then said that this was the hardest part of his job and that my son Marco had been killed in an automobile accident. He helped me to the house, where we sat and talked for a few minutes.
Just then, Sheriff Steve Sikes entered, and the three of us talked and prayed for over an hour.
I’m telling this story to remind us what is very important in our daily lives. I think that unless you have experienced this kind of nightmare of losing a child and getting that kind of support and compassion from these law-enforcement officers, you cannot imagine what they go through every day. Sure, you can watch the evening news and see only bad stories about a few bad apples, but I am convinced that for every one you see, there are at least hundreds, if not thousands, of good ones you will never see in any news media. I’ll relive my nightmare for the rest of my life, but will never forget the help I got from a “real” trooper and a “real” sheriff.
Thanks to everyone that took the time to read my story, and may God bless.
Next Class Starts September 2, 2015
The Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy is established especially for citizens who are 18 years of age and older who are interested in establishing a productive partnership with members of local law enforcement and public safety.
The TEN week academy will meet one evening per week for approximately 2-3 hours per session. (6-8 P.M.) The class sessions will cover virtually every aspect of law enforcement. The curriculum will inform the students of operational dynamics of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and the critical role citizens play in crime control efforts.
In addition to classroom training, the Academy students will be required to participate in action-oriented activities, riding with deputies on patrol, a tour of the detention center, mock crime scene processing, familiarization with firearms, mock traffic stops.
Seating is limited so applications will be reviewed, references will be checked, and a criminal history of the applicant will be completed to insure outstanding citizens of the community are participating in the academy. Applications must be turned in by, August 31, 2015.