Students make Thin Blue Line flag for sheriff’s office
— 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.”
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.
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.