Sergeant Awarded Law Enforcement Commendation Medal
The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently honored Sergeant Chris O’Dell
with the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal for his outstanding service to the Sheriff’s Office and for his life-saving actions involving a suicidal inmate. The Chapter presented Sergeant O’Dell with the award at a luncheon at Belle Haven Country Club on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
New Deputies Graduate from Academy
Congratulations to our four deputy sheriffs who just graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy! One of them, Deputy Deon Best, sang the “Star Spangled Banner” at the graduation ceremony. The new deputies successfully completed nearly six months of training including emergency vehicle operations, firearms training, defensive tactics, basic legal training, and jail and courthouse procedures.
Community Members Thank Sheriff’s Staff
Two Alexandrians expressed their gratitude to Sheriff’s Office staff with cookies and other baked goods! Kristin Eagan, a board member with Senior Services of Alexandria, brought by homemade treats to say thanks to the Sheriff’s Office for delivering Meals on Wheels during snowy winter weather. Then neighbor Patty MacEwan dropped off cookies and bars for deputies who helped search for her missing dog who was safely recovered.
Classification Counselor Recognized by City Manager and Colleagues
Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, on behalf of City Manager Mark Jinks, presented Classification Counselor Henry Young with a “Just Say Thanks” Award on Wednesday, December 16. A colleague nominated Mr. Young for this honor for consistently going “above and beyond expectations,” and eagerly stepping in to assist co-workers. Mr. Young was surprised but grateful to receive the letter of congratulations and a gift card.
Operation Elf a Success
Thanks to the generous support of Toys for Tots and other donors, 250 children of Alexandria inmates received toys, games and other gifts this holiday season through Operation Elf. The week before Christmas, inmates’ families visited the Sheriff’s Office and, with assistance from Inmate Services staff, they selected gifts for children who have a parent incarcerated at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center.
Inmates Participate in Holiday Program
Inmates at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center participated in a special program on Tuesday, December 22, to celebrate the winter holidays. Guest speaker Christopher T. Wormley, a lieutenant in the National Guard, delivered an inspirational message, inmates shared poems and readings like “’Twas the Night before Christmas,” and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne joined staff and inmates in singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.
|Make a Difference
Volunteers play a vital role at the Sheriff’s Office with many providing religious and educational services to inmates. In December, Volunteer Coordinator Lenora Murphy held an orientation session for new volunteers and each fall, the Office hosts a luncheon to honor our dedicated volunteers. If you’re interested in finding out about volunteering, please visit our website to learn more about special qualifications and rewarding opportunities.