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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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Budget Items - External Agencies

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Posted on: January 27, 2023

Franklin County Receives Federal Grant for Public Safety Equipment

Franklin County, Virginia – Franklin County received official notification today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through their FY 2021 Assistance to Firefigh...

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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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Public Safety News
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: December 30, 2022

Member Spotlight - December 2022

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Steve Bowyer - Glade Hill Fire Co

Being blessed with 2 brother-in-law's Elton Cundiff, one of the founding members of Glade Hill Volunteer Fire Department and his brother Rodney Cundiff, longtime Chief of Glade Hill Fire Department I decided to jo...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: November 9, 2022

Member Spotlight - November 2022

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Tom Firebaugh - B Shift Operations Lieutenant

I am a Franklin County native and have lived here for most of my life. After graduating from FCHS and Virginia Tech, I worked in the business world for 20ish years before I said to myself “Geez, this ...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: October 13, 2022

Member Spotlight - October 2022

Ashlynn and Aaron Haigler

I joined RMFD in January of 2022 as a student member. I decided to further my knowledge in the fire service by taking the Fire Fighter 1 class which started in July. I have passed my HAZMAT course and will officially graduate in December of this year. I w...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: September 12, 2022

Member Spotlight - September 2022

Lieutenant Christopher Knight

Chris Knight - A Shift Operations Lieutenant

A native of Collinsville, VA. I have been involved in the Fire & EMS field for 16 years, with around 10 years as a career Firefighter/Paramedic. I am a graduate of Patrick Henry Community College with an As...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: July 5, 2022

Member Spotlight - July 2022

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Jen Cogar

Red Valley Rescue Squad ; Scruggs Fire/Rescue & Dive ; Burnt Chimney Fire

    Jen began her EMS journey in the Spring of 2021 after leaving the Sheriff’s Office as an Emergency Dispatcher. She joined Red Valley Rescue Squad, ...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 4, 2022

Member Spotlight - March 2022

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James Richards-Glade Hill Volunteer Fire Department

James has been a member of Glade Hill Volunteer Fire Department since 1996; he is currently a captain with Company 4.  James has been employed by Roanoke fire & EMS for 10 years and is curren...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 3, 2022

Member Spotlight - February 2022

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Jeff Echternach – Station 15

Jeff Echternach is a paramedic, fire instructor, and holds a variety of fire certifications.  He has a master’s degree in business and holds several data and IT related certifications. He grew up on...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: January 4, 2022

Member Spotlight - January 2022

Robin Davis

Robin Davis - Glade Hill Rescue Squad

Last January, Robin had a very minor stroke, it made her realize how fortunate she was, but also that she needed to get out and start doing more.  She saw the information about an EMT class starting in May and...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - December 2021

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William Hoyt is currently the Assistant Chief at Scruggs Volunteer Fire & Rescue.  He says, “When I am not at the fire house, I work full-time as a Police Officer / Firefighter at the Roanoke Regional Airport.  I first join...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - November 2021

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My name is Rose Walker.  I have lived in Franklin County for 36 years.  I currently live in Ferrum with my husband, our 3 beautiful children, and our many pets.  My husband Scott is a member of Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department a...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Member Spotlight - October 2021

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Josh Beavers - Career Staff

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 ta...

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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 Holley - Rocky Mount Fire Department

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 bef...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: July 15, 2021

Member Spotlight - July 2021

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David Jones - Fork Mountain Fire Co

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 ...

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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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Public Safety Spotlight
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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Public Safety Spotlight
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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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - November 2020

Lynn Wray

Station 15 (Westlake)

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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Public Safety Spotlight
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)

Chris Esposito - Career Staff

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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Public Safety Spotlight
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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Public Safety Spotlight
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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Public Safety Spotlight
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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Public Safety Spotlight
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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Public Safety Spotlight

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Posted on: January 31, 2023

LOCAL ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

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On Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arrested Robert Joseph Spear, 44 years old of Boones Mill, VA, on multiple outstanding Probation Violations. During the course of the arrest, a search warrant of his...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: January 31, 2023

LOCK THE CAR, TAKE THE KEYS

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In Virginia, 1 in 4 stolen vehicles had the keys inside.

Take your keys and lock your car.

Don't make car theft easy!

Sheriff News
Posted on: January 30, 2023

DON'T MAKE IT EASY FOR A THIEF

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Don't give a crook a reason to choose your house!

Follow these tips attached to the graphic to keep your home safer from thieves.

Sheriff News
Posted on: January 30, 2023

SECURE YOUR HOMES

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Nationwide, January sees an increase of home burglaries by 25%. Thieves are seeking out large Christmas gifts and items. Make sure to be extra diligent.

Secure your home, keep doors and windows locked.

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Sheriff News
Posted on: January 18, 2023

WINTER PREPARDNESS TIP - STOCK YOUR VEHICLE

Winter Tip STOCK CAR

Carry items in your vehicle to handle common winter driving-related tasks, and supplies you might need in an emergency, including:
• a snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper; 
• abrasive material (sand or kitty litter), in case your ...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: January 5, 2023

SCAM ALERT TO RESIDENTS

Scam Alert

The Office of the Sheriff has received multiple calls regarding scam phone calls over the holiday weekend. The calls have been from someone claiming to be a deputy with the Sheriff's Office and telling the person that they owe money and if they d...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: January 5, 2023

RESOURCE OFFICERS MAKING POSITIVE IMPACT

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Media article from the Franklin Newspost on the topic of our Deputy School Resource Officers

Rewarding work: New school resource officers finish first semester in Franklin County schools (thefranklinnewspost.com)

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Sheriff News
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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Sheriff News

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Posted on: February 2, 2023

COMMUNICATIONS SUPERVISOR ACKNOWLEDGED

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Supervisor Jennifer Gammons was recently presented two "Shining Star" awards for her actions and help during a couple of highly extensive and serious 911 calls. 
While the 911 Center was handling an intense vehicle pursuit call, Supervis...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: February 1, 2023

LOCAL BUSINESS HONORS 1ST RESPONDERS

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Paul Menschner State Farm Insurance honored all Franklin County 1st Responders on Saturday, January 28th with a free lunch. 

From their office location at 740 Old Franklin Turnpike, staff prepared a hot dog lunch for our 1st Responder heroes.&...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 31, 2023

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER HONORED

Creighton Shining Star

Recently, E911 Communications Officer Jenny Creighton received a call involving an assault, a house fire and a reckless driver complaint that was all related to the original call. She dealt with the elements of this one call, while staying in contact with...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 30, 2023

HONORING A SPECIAL COUPLE

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Roger and Susan Hilfer were awarded the WoodmenLife Award for January 2023.

This husband and wife team have been long standing members of our COPS program serving in many volunteer capacities. Recently, they have been instrumental in taking on the duties o...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 30, 2023

SPEEDING WRECKS LIVES

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Most experts agree, excessive speed is one of the top factors in all traffic accidents nationwide. 
You are not in the Daytona 500, slow down.
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 30, 2023

SHINING STAR - DEPUTY HUSTON

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This week, Sheriff Overton was happy to present Deputy Chad Huston with a Shining Star Award! Deputy Huston is one of our two bloodhound handlers and is called upon at various times to assist with searches for missing persons. K9 Hunter and Deputy Huston ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 18, 2023

COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT

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Our friends at The Whole Bean Coffeehouse will host a Coffee With A Cop event on February 7th. See attached flyer for more information. Hope to see you there !

Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 18, 2023

WINTER DRIVING TIP - AVOID RISKY DRIVING

Winter Tip SAFE DRIVING

At all times, but especially when the roads are snow or ice covered follow these commonsense tips.
Slow Down - reduce your speed when road conditions are dangerous
Don't Text and Drive - put down the phone when driving
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 18, 2023

WINTER DRIVING TIP - PROPER CLOTHING AND CAR SEATS

Winter Tip CHILD SEATS

In colder weather, parents typically dress their children in winter coats. But it’s important to know that heavy coats can interfere with the proper harness fit on a child in a car seat. When your child will be secured in a car seat, pick thin, ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 18, 2023

WINTER DRIVING TIP - REMOVE SNOW AND ICE FROM VEHICLE

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Snow and ice attached to a moving vehicle is a dangerous hazard to other motorists on the highway.
Icy projectiles becoming dislodged at highway speed can cause accidents and serious injuries.
Plan time before you travel to remove ice and snow from your veh...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 18, 2023

WINTER DRIVING TIP - CLEAN YOUR WIPERS

Winter Tip WIPERS

You can quickly go through a lot of windshield wiper fluid in a single snowstorm. Make sure your vehicle’s reservoir is full of high-quality “winter” fluid with de-icer before winter weather hits. Make sure defrosters and all...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 6, 2023

NEWEST HIRES ARE SWORN IN

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023, the Office of the Sheriff held a swearing in ceremony for five new members to the office! Join us in congratulating and welcoming them!
(Pictured L-R) Circuit Court Judge Tim Allen, Deputy Carolina Ortega, Deputy Cierra Rumley, ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 5, 2023

DEPUTY GETS "GRINCHED"

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In preparation for this weekend, the Office of the Sheriff invited the Grinch to lunch to discuss expectations for his behavior. To our great surprise, Mr Grinch actually showed up for lunch, but he was a bit hangry and uncooperative. Thankfully, we were ...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: January 5, 2023

OPERATION CHRISTMAS JOY 2022

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Each year, the Office of the Sheriff looks forward to our annual Operation Christmas Joy event to provide assistance for families at Christmas. This year is our 7th consecutive year for this program, which began with selling Christmas trees to financially...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 2, 2022

SLOW DOWN, OBEY THE SCHOOL BUS STOP SIGNS

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During this 2022-2023 school year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Office of the Sheriff Franklin County, Virginia are working to remind drivers about the importance of school bus sa...
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