Stu­dents make Thin Blue Line flag for sher­iff’s of­fice

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

— The Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has a new Thin Blue Line flag, thanks to three stu­dents in the con­struc­tion pro­gram at the Caro­line Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter.

Josh Bouchal, Tyler Jar­rell and Sa­van­nah Le­ich­ling, all stu­dents at North Caro­line High School and in the con­struc­tion pro­gram, and their teacher, Den­nis Hall, vis­ited the sher­iff’s of­fice Tues­day, Jan. 31, to see the flag’s per­ma­nent home, in a re­cently ren­o­vated con­fer­ence room.

“This is one of the coolest projects we’ve ever done,” Hall said.

The flag is made of oak, re­claimed from the floors of a lo­cal house. Bouchal, Jar­rell and Le­ich­ling worked on elements of the flag sep­a­rately, then joined them to­gether.

The Thin Blue Line both com­mem­o­rates fallen law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, and sym­bol­izes law en­force­ment’s po­si­tion in the com­mu­nity as the pro­tec­tors of cit­i­zens

from the crim­i­nal el­e­ment.

Hall said the idea to make the wooden flag came from Caro­line County Pub­lic Schools As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent for Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ser­vices Mil­ton Nagel, who wanted to give it to the sher­iff’s of­fice as a show of grat­i­tude for the stu­dent re­source of­fi­cers who work ev­ery day in all four county sec­ondary schools.

The flag was first pre­sented to Caro­line County Sher­iff Randy Bounds on Tues­day, Jan. 17, just be­fore a meet­ing be­tween the sher­iff’s of­fice and the Caro­line County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion to dis­cuss the school re­source of­fi­cer pro­gram.

“I’m very proud of our school re­source of­fi­cers,” Bounds said Jan. 31. “Those guys do a great job ev­ery day.”

Bounds said Cpl. Michael Gestole works in Colonel Richard­son mid­dle and high schools, which share a cam­pus out­side Federalsburg; Cpl. Billy Bod­nar works in Lock­er­man Mid­dle School in Denton; and DFC John La­belle works in North Caro­line High School out­side Ridgely.

“We all ap­pre­ci­ate the ser­vice pro­vided,” Hall said. “A lot of times, it can be a thank­less job, so it’s nice to be able to show we care.”

PHOTO BY ABBY AN­DREWS

Caro­line Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter’s con­struc­tion pro­gram stu­dents cre­ated a Thin Blue Line flag for the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. From left Den­nis Hall, con­struc­tion pro­gram teacher; stu­dents Sa­van­nah Le­ich­ling, Josh Bouchal and Tyler Jar­rell; and Caro­line County Sher­iff Randy Bounds.

PHOTO BY ABBY AN­DREWS

Caro­line Ca­reer and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter con­struc­tion pro­gram teacher Den­nis Hall, left, watches stu­dents, Sa­van­nah Le­ich­ling, Josh Bouchal and Tyler Jar­rell sign the back of a flag they made from re­claimed oak, now hang­ing in the Caro­line County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

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