On Thursday, March 6, the Rotary Club of Sumter Palmetto hosted Law Enforcement Day. This special event provides our club with the opportunity to honor the work, dedication and sacrifice of law enforcement in Sumter County and to recognize the contributions of these officers in ensuring the safety, well-being and quality of life in our community.
“As law enforcement officials, all of you embody the same motto as our club, Service above Self. For that reason, Law Enforcement Day was established,” said President Carl McIntish.
Reverend James Blassingame, pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, delivered inspirational words regarding how law enforcement, the church and community can work together. “We must support, encourage and help each other,” said Rev. Blassingame. “A huge amount of gratitude is given to each of you. Your commitment and dedication do not go unnoticed. Each and every one of you are appreciated and valued.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Sheriff Anthony Dennis (photo 1) presented Corporal Cleveland Pinkney with the Officer of the Year award, and Chief Russell Roark (photo 2) presented his Crime Prevention Unit with the Officers of the Year award.