Prayer breakfast recognizes law enforcement officers

Breakfast a chance to note Highway Patrol promotions

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Nearly 90 law enforcement officers, family members and local dignitaries attended the monthly prayer breakfast early Monday morning hosted by First Presbyterian Church in Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Hamlet Police Chief Scott Waters, left, and Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly make their way through the buffet breakfast line Monday morning.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Hamlet Police Chief Scott Waters, left, and Rockingham Police Chief Billy Kelly make their way through the buffet breakfast line Monday morning.

It was a chance for sponsor Watson-King Funeral Home, Chad Woody and others to say thanks for what public safety agency representatives do on a daily basis.

Their work, Woody said, “means a lot to us and it means a lot to the families of this community.”

For the 17th year, representatives of the Rockingham Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina Highway Patrol, local Parole and Probation staff and Richmond County Superior Court staff gathered for fellowship and camaraderie over grits, eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits, muffins, pastries and juice and coffee at an event catered by Seaboard Station Restaurant, Hamlet.

Chaplain Mitchell Roller opened with words of welcome and introduction and Chaplain Frank McQuage led the prayer before breakfast.

It was announced that First Sgt. Andreas Dietrich had been promoted to lieutenant and would soon be leaving the Hamlet barrack. Taking his place beginning Dec. 8 will be newly promoted First Sgt. Joheliah Wilson. Wilson began her career as a state trooper in Richmond County, her first assignment out of patrol school. On the same promotion list as Dietrich, Wilson earned her promotion from sergeant.

Dignitaries attending included Richmond County Sheriff’ James Clemmons Jr., state Sen. Gene McLaurin, Rep. Ken Goodman, County Commissioner Don Bryant, Rockingham Mayor Steve Morris, Hamlet Mayor Bill Bayless — who also is a retired law enforcement officer — Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Tanya Wallace, District Attorney Reece Saunders and Clerk of Superior Court Vickie Daniel.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

More than a dozen door prizes were distributed. Prizes ranged from a large Christmas wreath to tool sets.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

 

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