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Posted on: October 22, 2021

County of Franklin - External Agency Funding

New forms available for FY22-23 request. Please click the link below for the application and/or other documents recently uploaded to the site.

Thank you

https://www.franklincountyva.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=161

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

Union Hall Village Plan

Thank all of you who participated in the Union Hall Village Plan Survey.  County staff received 327 responses for the survey!  Great Job!  If you were unable to take the survey, there will be other times to comment during this p...

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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Roanoke Vet Center

Timothy Williams with the Roanoke Vet Center will visit Veterans at The Franklin Center on October 12, 2021, November 9, 2021, and December 14, 2021 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM.  Mr. Williams provides information, resources and assist with services fo...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Public Meeting Announcement, May 4, 2021

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A public meeting is being held to to learn how the West Piedmont Planning District Commission (WPPDC) and your community are at risk to natural hazards, such as floods, hurricanes and winter storms, and the steps we are taking to reduce damages.

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Public Safety News
Posted on: July 24, 2020

New Franklin County Animal Shelter "Grand Opening"

    

The "Grand Opening" of the new $1.4 million, 6,000 sq ft facility will be Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The public is welcome to tour the facility, there will be a law enforcement K9 demonstration...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Franklin County residents are urged to practice healthy disease preventing practices including:

  • Washing hands often with soap
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Cleaning ...
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Posted on: November 1, 2021

Member Spotlight - October 2021

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A career in Fire and EMS was not what Josh Beavers saw himself doing when he was 16 years old. This is what Josh had to say, “Fire and EMS chose me in 2005, actually, Mark Law chose me.  He would constantly talk to me about volunteering at Compan...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Member Spotlight - September 2021

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Savannah Farris - Callaway Volunteer Rescue Squad

Savannah grew up in Callaway and always knew that she wanted to make a difference in her rural community.  She joined Callaway Volunteer Rescue Squad in 2019 during her sophomore year of college. &...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: August 19, 2021

Member Spotlight - August 2021

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Keith has been with Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years. He is the Traffic/Security Officer for Franklin County Schools that you may see dancing and showing off his moves while directing traffic before and after school.  Keith says...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Member Spotlight - July 2021

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In 1976, David joined Fork Mountain Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Member.  He wanted to help his community in an area where there was a need.  As a volunteer firefighter,  he hoped his service would make a difference. &a...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: June 14, 2021

Member Spotlight - June 2021

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“I was asked,  “What got me into EMS?”. The only answer that I was able to come up with is, “EMS  found me”.  My earlier career path had been business oriented,  not medical.  In 2013, I started volunteering in...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Member Spotlight - May 2021

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For this month’s newsletter, the intention was to spotlight a member from our Chaplaincy Program. After reaching out to several members and each of them humbly declining with very similar replies like, “There are more providers worthy ...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - April 2021

Jared Mandy

Jared is a Lifetime Member of Glade Hill Rescue Squad.  He is also a member of Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Company (Company 13), Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Squad (Squad 13), and Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire Rescue. He has been with Company 13...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Member Spotlight - March 2021

Jonathan Custer

“Firefighting has always been in my blood,” says Jonathan. His grandfather was an original member of Callaway Volunteer Fire Department and helped construct the building in 1966.  His grandfather was his inspiration to become a firefighter.

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Member Spotlight - February 2021

Tyler McPherson

Tyler is 22 years old.  He has lived in Callaway all his life with his parents and 2 sisters. He joined the fire department around the same time he graduated from high school.  He said, “It was something I had wanted to do my e...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Member Spotlight - January 2021

Brett Mullins

Brett has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years with the exception of times when his children where young and when he was away for military enlistment.  He originally joined as a teenager for something to do that would occupy his time. That &...

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Member Spotlight - December 2020

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Ryan is currently the captain of the rescue division at Scruggs Fire and Rescue.  He serves with his wife Denise, who is the First Lieutenant of the rescue division. They have been married for 22 years and have 2 sons that are 20 and 16. &nbs...

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - November 2020

Lynn Wray

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Lynn was born and raised in Franklin County. He began volunteering at Franklin County Rescue Squad in 2001, partly influenced by the 9/11 attacks. He has always enjoyed helping others and wants to give back to the community. That oppo...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - October 2020

Odell Gray

Odell Gray - Ferrum Fire Department

Odell has lived in Franklin County the majority of his life. He graduated from Franklin County High School in 1985.  He attended VCU and Ferrum College, eventually graduating  from Ferrum.  Aft...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - September 2020

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Anna D. - Callaway Rescue Squad

Anna is 18 years old, she obtained her EMT-B certification while in high school. She graduated this year and is currently attending Virginia Western Community College to obtain a Health Sciences Degree. She plans to eventual...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - August 2020

Chris Esposito (FF/Paramedic)

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Chris is a Firefighter/Paramedic for Franklin County Public Safety and also serves as a fill-in captain. He has worked for Public Safety since early 2013. Chris grew up in Danville, VA and moved to Franklin County after becomi...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - July 2020

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Michaelynn H. - Red Valley Rescue Squad

Michaelynn is a single mother of a 15-year-old son. He is an A/B honor roll student. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of six.  She says, “He is such a bright, intelligent, and loving youn...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - June 2020

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Baylor Janney - Boones Mill Fire Department

Baylor has been a volunteer at Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department for almost 2 years. When he isn’t at the fire station, you can find him working for his dad doing interior construction or working for Boones M...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - May 2020

Ron Gearheart

Ron Gearheart - Career Staff

Ron is a career Paramedic/Firefighter/Chaplain with Franklin County Department of Public Safety. He is an Associate Pastor at New Vision Baptist Church. He has been married to his wife Michele for over twenty years “bless her h...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - April 2020

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George T. - Scruggs Fire, Rescue & Dive

George has been part of the Smith Mountain Community forever! Just ask anyone. With over 60 years of Public Safety experience, George, formerly Chief of the SML Marine Division, is now with Scruggs VFRD. He is al...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - March 2020

Morgan Yopp

Morgan Y. - Glade Hill Rescue Squad

Morgan is 20 years old.  She took the EMT class through Franklin County High School during the spring semester of 2017 with Eric Newman.  Mr. Newman’s class introduced her to EMS and is part of the reas...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 11, 2020

Member Spotlight - February 2020

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Mark Tatum - Company 14

Mark is 1st Lieutenant at Henry Volunteer Fire Department.  He has been with Company 14 since 2002 when the department was founded.  Mark is happily married with 2 children, John Mark and Samantha Ann Tatum. &n...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Member Spotlight - January 2020

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Rena Jennings - Career Staff

Rena was raised and still lives in Bedford County.  She has 4 awesome children who live close to her,  including her grandson,  Bear.  She attended Staunton River High School. After graduatin...

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Posted on: December 2, 2021

MESSAGE FROM OUR LOCAL VDOT

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Per V DOT, effective today,  a section of Algoma Road, located between Bethany Road and Gap Gate Road, will be closed for a pipe replacement until December 9th.
If this road is a part of your daily travels, make plans for an alternate route. If yo...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: November 22, 2021

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF ANNOUNCES OVER 240 DRUG INDICTMENTS

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OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF ANNOUNCES OVER 240 DRUG INDICTMENTS

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office announced today drug indictments resulting from investigations dating back to July 2021.

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Posted on: November 3, 2021

STOLEN TRAILER REPORTED

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On Oct. 31st, at around 9:30 AM a charcoal 2018 Pro-Line enclosed trailer was stolen from Pro-Line Trailers in Franklin County. The above image is the truck that was used to steal the trailer. It appears that the truck is grey in color, dual rear-wheel Do...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: October 19, 2021

CHANGES COMING TO AREA CODE 540

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NEW Area Code Overlay Approved for the 540 Area Code Regions!  Virginia State Corporation Commission has been given final approval to divide the current 540 area code into two districts.

This change will be implemented in by 2022. 

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Posted on: October 11, 2021

REMEMBERING FORMER SHERIFF

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Former Franklin County Sheriff, W. Q. Overton, Sr. passed away on October 5, 2021. "Quint" was sheriff from 1976 - 2007. See the attached link to our Standing Watch Facebook page for more on the legacy of Sheriff Overton.

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY

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Great information from the Franklin County Department of Public Safety.

Note #5 on how to turn off the water.

Also remember, use your drying towel to open the door/s/ exiting the restroom area.

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF 2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS

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Each year, the Office of the Sheriff holds an annual awards banquet to gather as a family as we prepare to close out a year of hard work and dedication to this career and community. Sheriff Overton would like to congratulate the following members of the o...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 30, 2021

SHINING STAR AWARDS

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Sheriff Overton would like to congratulate Deputy M. Moorman and Investigator J. LeQuire on receiving a recent Shining Star Award.
This award is in reference to an incident where a family was in the process of moving a parent out of a potentially abusive r...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 24, 2021

CIVILIAN VOLUNTEER AWARDED

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Howard Martin, long-time COPS Program member, was named November 2021 WoodmenLife Award recipient. Howard volunteer many hours each week for the Office of the Sheriff.

Click link below to see the whole story.

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 24, 2021

SHERIFF OVERTON ANNOUNCES PROMOTION

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Sheriff Bill Overton and the Office of the Sheriff would like to congratulate Investigator J. LeQuire for his recent promotion from our Patrol Division into our Investigations Division. 
Investigator LeQuire has almost 10 years of law enforcement ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 23, 2021

INVESTIGATOR SPEAKS TO YOUTH CLASS

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Office of the Sheriff Lieutenant J. P. Nolen had an opportunity to speak at Halesford Baptist Church recently.
Nolen, Lieutenant of Investigations, spoke to the Awanas Class which is made up of grade school aged children.
Lt. Nolen said, "The class wan...
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Posted on: November 22, 2021

INVESTIGATOR GRADUATES VIRGINIA FORENSIC SCIENCE ACADEMY

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The Virginia Forensic Science Academy has concluded its 104th Session. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that Investigator Morgan N. Moorman has successfully met all requirements and is hereby a graduate, as of November ...
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Posted on: November 15, 2021

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN

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The Office of the Sheriff sharing information and data from the DMV of Virginia.

In the instant you buckle up when driving or riding in the front seat of a car or truck, you cut your risk of a fatal injury in a crash nearly in half. That’s a mass...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 12, 2021

CHURCH DONATES STUFFED TOYS TO SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Recently, Deputy Walker Shively was invited to Coopers Cove Baptist Church where members donated stuffed toys to our deputies.

These toys will be used whenever deputies deal with situations where children are involved or needing comfort.

Deputy Shively said...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 11, 2021

LOCAL BUSINESS HOLDS MEET AND GREET EVENT

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Homestead Creamery, Inc held an "Ice Cream With A Cop" event on Wednesday, November 10th at their Burnt Chimney location.
The event was centered around the residents coming by and having a time to interact with the Franklin County Sherif...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 8, 2021

BUSINESSES PARTNER TO GIFT SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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El Rio Mexican Grill and The Koffee Barn teamed up to offer the sheriff's office a free cup of coffee during this past week.

Everyone really enjoyed the kindness offered to us.             &...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 3, 2021

UPCOMING NRA "BASICS OF PISTOL SHOOTING" CLASS

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The Office of the Sheriff will be holding in person NRA "Basics of Pistol Shooting" class. This is an 8-hour NRA course that will cover the following topics:
- Pistol Mechanisms & Operation
- Ammunition Fundamentals
- Building Pistol Shooting S...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 2, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT SEES LARGE CROWD

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Saturday, October 30th a Trunk or Treat Event was held at the Rocky Mount Fire House and PD.

Good weather and a large turnout aided in making it a great event.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office was in attendance and all had a fantastic evening.

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Posted on: November 2, 2021

SONTAG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TRUNK OR TREAT

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Thursday, October 28th, The Office of the Sheriff participated in Sontag Elementary 's Trunk or Treat Event.

Over 200 students came through the lines.

Costumes were awesome and bags were full when it was all over.

Thanks to all at Sontag Elementary

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 1, 2021

NEW RECRUITS GRADUATE ACADEMY

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Several new employees of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office finished their State of Virginia Law Enforcement Training recently and graduated from the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy.

The ceremony was held on October 27th.

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 1, 2021

COMMUNITY HELPERS DAY AT CHA

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Christian Heritage Academy  of Rocky Mount held their Community Helpers Day on Wednesday, October 27th.

Along with Franklin County Department of Public Safety and Rocky Mount Police Department, we were honored to have a part in the event.

The Offic...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 1, 2021

INVESTIGATOR RECOGNIZED BY WOODMENLIFE

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Franklin County Sheriff's Office Investigator David Kern received the WoodmenLife Award for the month of October 2021.

Kern, a 17 year veteran of our office, is our Digital Forensic Examiner. His work load and cases are very sensitive in matter an...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 28, 2021

NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS DAY

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Today is National First Responders Appreciation Day and it’s a time to highlight those individuals that are first on the scene of unfortunate events.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office thanks ALL of our county's men and women ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 25, 2021

LOWE'S DONATES FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

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Recently, the local Rocky Mount Lowe's store gave the Office of the Sheriff give cards for purchases discounts to recognize our law enforcement 1st Responders.
We are very grateful to Lowe's for this gift.
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 11, 2021

BICYCLE SAFETY IS IMPORTANT

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Fall is a heavy time for bicyclists. The milder days offer a wonderful time to ride and check out the fall scenery.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a link providing cyclists and  motorists great information about being safe ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 6, 2021

ROCKY MOUNT HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER HOLDS COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT

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Wednesday, October 6th was National Coffee With A Cop Day and to recognize local law enforcement, Rocky Mount Health and Rehabilitation Center hosted an event. 
Staff and management came out early with coffee and Daylight Donuts to serve the deput...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 5, 2021

LETTERS FROM AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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Mrs. Thompson's 3rd grade @ Burnt Chimney Elementary celebrated Heroes' Day recently.
Several of the students sent us letters and drawn images to show their appreciation for law enforcement.
Thanks to all the students and Mrs. Thompson for...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 5, 2021

1st RESPONDERS MEMORIAL HOLDS CEREMONY

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Saturday, October 2nd, a ceremony was held at the Rocky Mount Fire Department/Rocky Mount Town Police site where the 1st Responders Memorial is located.

The memorial honors those Franklin County 1st Responders who passed away in the line of duty.

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