PHOTO: Kiwanis Club honors Peace Officers of the Year

The Kiwanis Club of Winder recently recognized the Peace Officers of the Year for the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and Winder Police Department. Sheriff Jud Smith introduced Deputy Heather Stafford as one who cares deeply for those she serves. She was instrumental in bringing resources from around the state and county for a Youth Prevention and Awareness Summit in an effort to make the various systems more aware of, and responsive to, the second leading cause of death among high school-aged children. Police Chief Jim Fullington introduced Sgt. Seth Roper as a dedicated officer who helps the Winder Police Department in many ways; as a field training officer, a firearms instructor and a special teams member and leader. Sgt. Roper is well-rounded in the department and reliable as the officer who can be trusted to accomplish the difficult tasks that come up, Fullington said. Each officer was recognized with an award and a monetary gift from Kiwanis. Pictured, from left to right, are Fullington, Roper, Kiwanis Vice-Governor Darryl Gumz, Stafford and Smith.

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