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Spe­cial salute

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment em­ploy­ees re­cently hon­ored the best among them, vot­ing three of their fel­low work­ers as em­ploy­ees of the year: Sgt. Chuck Groover with sup­port ser­vices, Of­fi­cer An­thony Walden with the pa­trol di­vi­sion and ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant Lerea Neely.

First, we salute those fine of­fi­cers whose ded­i­cated ser­vice led to their recog­ni­tion; each one of them plays a cru­cial role in the process of keep­ing cit­i­zens safe.

Be­yond those three, the city has a well-trained and re­spected po­lice force and much of the credit needs to go to Pub­lic Safety Di­rec­tor Stacey Cot­ton, who has manned the helm for many years.

Cot­ton said at a re­cent coun­cil meet­ing that the po­lice depart­ment was back up to full force. With a full staff, some newly-pur­chased cars and a new ve­hi­cle ac­count­abil­ity pro­gram, we hope to see the most pro­duc­tive and ef­fi­cient po­lice force yet in 2014.

Salute vet­er­ans now

It’s al­ways a good time to sup­port our vet­er­ans, but this year is an im­por­tant one, for it may be the fi­nal year to salute and thank the vet­er­ans of World War II.

Most men and women of the great­est gen­er­a­tion are now more than 85-years old and once fought to pre­serve our very way of life.

Their courage and will­ing­ness to forged our coun­try into the na­tion it is. With­out their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to prin­ci­ples upon their re­turn from the bat­tle­fields, we wouldn’t have the coun­try that we have the priv­i­lege of liv­ing in to­day.

The Cov­ing­ton News’ Vet­eran’s Story colum­nist, Pete Mecca, him­self a Viet­nam vet­eran, has been writ­ing about some of th­ese World War II he­roes for the past cou­ple of years. We highly rec­om­mend you read his sto­ries, deal­ing with the real life adventures of th­ese brave and heroic men and women.

To be­gin 2014 we want to say thank you to all of our World War II vet­er­ans. Your ser­vice, we are sure, will never be fully ap­pre­ci­ated.

If you have a World War II vet­eran in your fam­ily who is still alive, take a few min­utes to tell him or her that you ap­pre­ci­ate them — a lit­tle hug wouldn’t be so bad ei­ther.

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