-- — THUMBS UP: To Valdosta Police Officer Alvin May. Off-duty, shopping with his family at Walmart, May helped store security with a shoplifting suspect. The suspect fought with May and a uniformed police officer. The suspect stomped on May’s ankle, fracturing it in several places. Given his off-duty status at the time of the incident, some readers have asked about his compensation. According to the Valdosta Police Department, once May stepped into help store security, “he became involved in an enforcement activity in the city and therefore, was on-duty.” The VPD tells its officers if they observe a crime in progress while off-duty, “they are to act and they are then paid for the time they are involved in the enforcement activity.” May could have easily kept walking last weekend, but he offered his help to a person in need. To Officer Alvin May, we say, thanks and job well done.
THUMBS DOWN: To people who have been burning illegally in Lowndes County. The combination of still falling leaves and the coming changes in the county’s trash management seems to have sparked an increase in the number of households burning. Property owners must get a free permit to burn yardwaste, while household trash should never be burned.
THUMBS UP: To the Valdosta chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. From being a leader a few years ago in the South Georgia Honor Flight program of flying area World War II veterans to see the WWII monument in Washington, D.C., to inviting Congressman Austin Scott to speak at the group’s regular meeting this week, MOAA participates in the community and informs the community through its programs.
THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University Blazers head coach David Dean. In addition to leading the Blazers to another national championship in December, he was named Division II Coach of the Year this week by the American Football Coaches’ Association. Congratulations, Coach Dean, well deserved.