Tupelo firefighter, detective honored

TUPELO – A Tupelo detective and firefighter were honored Tuesday for going beyond the call of duty.
Firefighter Adam Holt and Detective Len Schaefer received the Exchange Club awards for Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year at the group’s meeting at Harvey’s restaurant.
The men were chosen by their departments for the honors.
“It is truly an honor, especially because it’s from peers,” Schaefer said. “Once law enforcement gets into your blood, you can’t get it out. It’s a career that offers a lot of rewards.”
Schaefer, who has been with the department since 2002, won the Chief’s Award in 2006. Schaefer is a mentor at Tupelo High School and an instructor for the Boy Scouts of America.
“Len is one of the finest young people I’ve ever met,” Tupelo Police Chief Harold Chaffin said at the meeting. “He is one of the sharpest young officers.”
Holt was nominated for his continued work with a family that lost everything in a house fire earlier this year. Holt kept in touch with the family and helped one member of the family get a job.
“I’m just shocked,” said Holt, who was surprised by the selection.
The Exchange Club, which has served the Lee County and Tupelo area since late 2007, honors members of the community each year.
“We’re thanking them for their service,” said Exchange Club President Jamie Osbirn, who awarded plaques to the honorees. “It’s just a big honor.”
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