The Times continues its year-long series of articles on the community, highlighting incredible individuals who work hard to make Valdosta a wonderful place to call home.
In January, the emphasis was on unique businesses in our area and the entrepreneurs, employees and customers who opened them and kept them thriving through the years.
For February, the emphasis will be on public safety, honoring those who daily risk their own safety to ensure that citizens have the help they need when in times of emergency.
The Valdosta Rotary Club’s annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner is Thursday, Feb. 21, when the top police and sheriff’s officers are honored. Every year, the club raises money from the dinner to assist officers who need a helping hand in times of illness, loss or other emergency. Tickets to the dinner are a hot commodity and a number of tables are already sold, but what the club values most is the fact that the community attends the event to show their appreciation for these men and women in uniform.
It seems only fitting that the Times also recognize the sacrifices of law enforcement this month, along with first responders, firefighters and other emergency personnel. Each Wednesday, readers will find stories about these sacrifices and get to know more about the people whose job it is to take care of all of us.