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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: 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: November 9, 2022

Member Spotlight - November 2022

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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 isn’t fun anymore” and began to take some baby steps in...

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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

     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 Associates of S...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Member Spotlight - August 2022

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Chief Ludeman started his fire service career as a Prince William County volunteer in 1989. He was hired by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in 1994 and served 27 years in a variety of assignments to include Training, EMS Supervisor, Communic...

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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

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 felt that might be the thing for her...

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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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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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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

News Flash

Posted on: November 23, 2022

PASSING OF DEPUTY BAILEY

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to report one of our long serving deputies has passed away after a long illness. Teresa Bailey served for several decades in Corrections and as a Court Bailiff.  The Office of the Sheriff...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: November 10, 2022

JOB OPPORTUNITIES AT FCSO

We Are Hiring

Promoting the Office of the Sheriff is our message in November. Creating a new graphic showcasing many aspects of our office. Great place to work, competitive pay and many career development opportunities. Get the word out, WE ARE HIRING!

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Sheriff News
Posted on: November 2, 2022

SLOW DOWN FRANKLIN COUNTY

Slow Down Franklin County

Teen speeding and distracted driving are particularly dangerous due to the lack of experience of young drivers (ages 15-19), who are more likely to overcorrect, run off the road, or lose control of their vehicles. For these reasons, fatal crashes involvin...
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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: November 23, 2022

SHINING STAR - DEPUTY PATTERSON

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The Office of the Sheriff received an email giving kudos to Deputy Randall Patterson for his professionalism and compassion during a death of that person's loved one. Patterson was awarded a Shining Star in November. Thank you for going above and...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 23, 2022

AUTUMN MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

AUTUMN MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS

We placed information on our media pages for drivers to be alert for more increased motorcycle traffic during the fall months.

Motorcycle traffic increases as riders come to enjoy the fall foliage especially along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Cyclist also need t...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 23, 2022

FOOD DRIVES ARE UNDERWAY

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Several Franklin County businesses are producing food drives for our annual Operation Christmas Joy program.

These partners have drop off boxes in their businesses for residents to donate non-perishable foods.

We thank all who have donated to assist Frankli...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 17, 2022

SHINING STAR - SGT RAMSEY

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The Office of the Sheriff received an email giving kudos to Sgt Jesse Ramsey for his professionalism and compassion during a death of that person's loved one. Thank you for setting the example Sgt!
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 16, 2022

K9 DEMO AT WINDY GAP ELEMENTARY

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Recently, Investigator Burton and K9 Khaleesi visited Windy Gap Elementary and was able to show off some of the talents of this team! We love interactions like this with the kiddos. Thank you for having us!
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 16, 2022

SEAT BELT USAGE URGED

Buckle Up

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office encourages all motorists to wear their seatbelts when operating a vehicle on our highways. The statistics are overwhelming. Wearing your seatbelts saves lives. Buckle up Franklin County.

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 15, 2022

OPERATION CHRISTMAS JOY MOVING FORWARD

OPERATION CHRISTMAS JOY 2022

The Office of the Sheriff is well underway with this year's Operation Christmas Joy. This charitable outreach is about assisting Franklin County families at Christmas.
Our churches, civic groups, organizations, businesses and individuals who donat...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 10, 2022

WOODMENLIFE AWARD TOM FIREBAUGH

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November’s WoodmenLife Award recipient is Tom Firebaugh. Tom is the Operations Lieutenant for Franklin County Public Safety. His love of Franklin County and his desire to make a positive change through his First Responder commitments makes Tom a...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 10, 2022

BE ALERT AT INTERSECTIONS

Intersections Be Alert

 Several traffic accidents in October occurred at intersections. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reminded motorists to pay attention when coming up to an intersection. Drive safe and return home to your family each day.

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 10, 2022

NO NEED TO SPEED

Stop Speeding

 In our on-going efforts to educate the public, we weekly remind motorists to drive safely. Speed is a major factor in serious motor vehicle accidents. Lower your speed! Early November’s message was to SLOW DOWN.

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 10, 2022

MADD AWARD RECEIVED

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Recently at their award ceremony, Deputy Travis Dillon was awarded the Franklin County area representative for the MADD Award. The regional Mothers Against Drunk Drivers 
gives this award to multiple agencies whose officers diligently seek out imp...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 2, 2022

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF WELCOMES NEW K9

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The Office of the Sheriff is excited to share our newest K9 who officially started training today! K9 Bono and his handler, Sgt Knight, will be in training until the end of November, then will continue serving Franklin County in our patrol division!
Welcom...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 2, 2022

SLOW DOWN, OBEY THE SCHOOL BUS STOP SIGNS

School Back In Session 02

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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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: November 2, 2022

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF K9'S VISIT TEENS-N-TOTS CAREER DAY

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Recently, two of our K9 teams visited the Franklin County High School Teens-n-Tots program for career day. Investigator Burton with K9 Khaleesi, and Deputy Alejandro with K9 Sasha, both loved interacting with the kiddos! Thank you for having us!
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 17, 2022

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF WELCOMES NEW HIRE

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October saw the hiring and swearing in of Triston Adams as our newest deputy of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. The swearing in ceremony was held in Franklin County Circuit Court and presided over by the Honorable Judge Tim Allen. Please jo...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 17, 2022

GREAT COFFEE WITH A COP EVENT

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Recently, 40 West Dairy Queen hosted a "Coffee with a Cop" event.
Any resident that stopped in during 9AM -10AM were welcomed with a free cup of coffee and had opportunities to interact with local law enforcement.
Photo shows DQ staff, Rocky Mount...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: October 3, 2022

SRO WHITTAKER AT SONTAG ELEMENTARY

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School Resource Office Travis Whittaker took a few moments to share a book with a class at Sontag Elementary School. The kids loved it!

All of our SRO’s take opportunities, during the day, to interact with the students.

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Sheriff Spotlight