BOC presents commendations to employees/citizen

Special to The Times

Three special commendations were given out last week by the Henry County Board of Commissioners, honoring county employees as well as one particular private citizen.

Treandos Thornton holds up the Certificate of Appreciation he received from the Henry County Board of Commissioners for his efforts in initiating a local food drive. L. to r.: District V Commissioner Bruce Holmes, Chair June Wood, Treandos Thornton, Shana Thornton, Treandos Thornton, Peggy Thornton, Noah Thornton and Delta Jeburk and District II Commissioner Dee Clemmons; Second row (l. to r.) District I Commissioner Johnny Wilson, District III Commissioner Gary Barham and District IV Commissioner Blake Prince. Special photo

The Henry County Police Department’s K-9 unit was cited for its work over the past year and the “outstanding job they do every day,” according to a letter from Commissioner Blake Prince that was read into the record by county communications director Melissa Robinson.

Described as a unit that often goes unmentioned and has a “thankless task,” the officers under the supervision of Sgt. Jason Black were recognized for their work that produced some impressive numbers in 2016.

The unit seized more than $1.58 million in drugs, cash and other illegally obtained items last year, according to the report, and their efforts resulted in 101 felony arrests and 109 misdemeanor arrests.

Drugs confiscated by K-9 officers in 2016 included 112 pounds of marijuana, nine pounds of methamphetamine, and various amounts of heroin, ecstasy and schedule pills. An officer told the board directly at the Jan. 17 meeting that one traffic stop last year netted 40 pounds of marijuana.

“The work they do is pretty dangerous,” Prince commented after Robinson’s presentation. “They’re keeping this off the Henry County streets. That’s a big deal.”

It was noted that the unit’s dogs and their handlers spend many hours in training, being certified and re-certified every year. Several commissioners thanked them for their service and said they were praying for their safety.

A certificate of appreciation also went out to the county’s election office for its efforts in making the most recent election cycle go smoothly while working in a totally relocated office and handling more voters than usual.

Four-year-old Treandos Thornton of McDonough was honored for his “outstanding effort to help those in need in the Henry County community.” The youngster initiated a holiday food drive to benefit United Food Force, according to the proclamation.

“Like his favorite superheroes, Superman and Batman, he was a superhero to those who were helped from his selfless and gracious act,” Robinson stated. “The board wishes to thank him for his kind heart and generous spirit in thinking of others during the holiday season.”