Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

April 10, 2013

Stories of Valdosta’s Finest

VALDOSTA — We know they are out there. Day and night. We see them, but we don’t fully realize the stories they tell, the sacrifices they make.

On Tuesday, the Valdosta Police Department honored several of its own.

In doing so, the department shared some of its members’ stories. Hearing these stories, the community would do well to refer to the VPD as Valdosta’s Finest.

Sgt. Jay Wolfe ran the physical agility course in two minutes, two seconds, with 100 percent shooting accuracy.

Officer Jesus Arreola saved the life of an elderly woman he discovered lying on her carport floor.

Officer Stacy Brogdon used CPR to revive and save the life of a non-responsive infant.

Officer Alvin May was injured off-duty while helping an on-duty officer subdue a suspect in an area store.

On foot, Detective Robert Raymond chased down and apprehended the suspect in an armed robbery.

Sgt. Tomas Chavarria and Detective Gerald Watts recovered an elderly man’s stolen bicycle. It was the man’s only means of transportation and it was how he traveled to visit the doctor, to the store, to get his hair cut.

Driving, Officer June Gartman noticed a motorist slumped over the steering wheel of a moving vehicle. Gartman sounded her siren, which stirred the motorist to safely pull off of the road. The officer realized the motorist was suffering a medical emergency and called emergency-medical personnel to the scene.

Detective Scottie Johns spent his own money to help a sexual-assault victim return to her hometown.

Detective Sabrina Smith works throughout the year raising awareness of crimes involving youths and family issues.

Along with officers receiving recognition for 25 and 20 years of services, these officers received awards for their individual acts. They were honored not so much for the stories they can tell, but for the actions they performed.

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