Wednesday, March 18, 2015 12:00 AM


CRANDALL — At a time when law enforcement officials sometimes feel under assault by the national media for incidents across the country, Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge said little pieces of recognition from the community make a major difference in the lives of officers and their families.

“Hardly anyone ever sees what law enforcement personnel must face on a daily basis,” Etheridge said Tuesday night at the fifth annual Rotary Club of Chatsworth/Murray County Pride of Murray Banquet. “For any of us to get recognition from the people we are trying to protect and serve is a great feeling of satisfaction.”

Rotary Club members recognized law enforcement and emergency responders from throughout the county at the banquet at Cohutta Springs Conference Center with former Murray County High School head football coach and current Dalton offensive coordinator Bill Napier as the keynote speaker for the event. Napier was also presented the Sen. W.W. “Bill” and Peg Fincher Community Builder award by Rotary Club of Chatsworth/Murray County president Stephen Smith.

Honored with Pride in Service Awards were Sgt. David Gowens (Murray County Sheriff’s Office), Eric Thurman (Chatsworth Fire Department), Danny Bain (Murray County Fire Department), Josh Robinson (Murray County Emergency Medical Services), Officer Don Bailey ...

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