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.