By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Jerry “The King” Lawler on Tuesday night told Lafayette County-based law enforcement officers story after story of happiness and heartbreak in his 40-year career as a professional wrestler.
In the end, though, he noted it was their profession that makes a real difference.
“What you guys do for a living is just extraordinary and amazing,” said the Memphis native, whose start in the ring came from drawing caricatures of wrestlers. “You certainly don’t get the respect and admiration you deserve, but you have my admiration.”
The annual banquet of the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Officers Association was, as always, a chance to honor special individuals among their ranks, including seven officers who saved lives in the course of their work this year.
John “Pete” Ramey, who has filled more roles in local law enforcement, emergency response and community service than he can count, was honored with the Outstanding Service Award.
“You won’t find a finer person or a more courageous person,” said Sheriff’s Investigator Scott Mills.
Lafayette Middle School student Mikayla Patterson and Oxford High School student Robert Liggins were presented the Youth Character Award. Each lost a parent – both parents in Patterson’s case – and yet set an example of strength and courage.
“They’ve overcome hardships,” East said. “They’ve gone above and beyond what we would expect them to do.”
The Support Person Award went to Sheriff’s Department Dispatcher Angie Hughes, who is constantly finding information that’s not part of her job.
“She is not just sitting there; she is thinking,” said Capt. Joey Carwile, who nominated Hughes.
Detective Captain Jane Tutor of University Police Department was named Officer of the Year. UPD Chief Calvin Sellers noted that Tutor, who worked her way up through the department’s ranks, “is a valued mentor for younger officers and a source of information for more seasoned officers,” and works especially hard to keep other officers apprised of crime-related safety issues.
“This came as a total surprise to me,” Tutor said.
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