Sons of the American Revolution Honor Two Deputies
The George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (GWSAR) awarded Sergeant Valarie Wright and Deputy Charlie Winstead heroism medals at a luncheon ceremony at Belle Haven Country Club on April 14. The GWSAR presented the awards in “recognition of outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger” for the deputies’ efforts in 2016 to save the life of a teenager who had been stabbed in the chest at a carnival.
Three Deputies Honored at 2018 Valor Awards
Three deputies were among the first responders recognized by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce at the 2018 Public Safety Valor Awards on April 19. Sheriff Dana Lawhorne presented life-saving awards to Deputy Brian Wade and Deputy Gerald Wooden for rescuing an inmate who had attempted suicide and to Deputy Myrna Juarez who responded while off-duty to a serious crash on I-95. Sheriff Lawhorne also accepted a certificate in recognition of the Sheriff’s Office’s response to the shooting at Simpson Field.
Deputies Involved in School Outreach Events
Deputies continue to be active with the Alexandria City Public Schools with Deputy Ceci Smith and Deputy Phillip Leger reading to Mr. Holland’s students at MacArthur on April 10 and Sergeant Waraphan Srikongyos and Deputy Morgan Garner participating in William Ramsey’s Touch-A-Truck event on April 21. Then on April 26, ASO welcomed several T.C. Williams students for “Take Your Child to Work Day,” organized by the Alexandria Commission for Women, for tours of the detention center and courthouse.
Drug Take Back Day a Success
The Alexandria Police Department and Sheriff’s Office collected 434 pounds of unwanted and expired medications at the Drug Take Back day on April 28. Deputies staffed the drop-off site outside of The Neighborhood Pharmacy in Del Ray and filled five bags of unwanted drugs for safe disposal. Alexandria’s next Drug Take Back events will be on July 28 but remember, The Neighborhood Pharmacy also has a permanent drop-off box available during business hours.
Inmates Attend Resource Fair
Dozens of inmates got a head start on their reentry preparation by exploring services and programs at a resource fair at the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center. Organized by Inmate Services staff, the April 12 resource fair featured more than 20 exhibitors offering legal, employment, health, training, housing and other services that can benefit ex-offenders as they return to the community. Approximately 90 inmates scheduled to be released before November met with exhibitors providing services which may aid them in their reentry.
Honor Alexandria’s Fallen Law Enforcement Officers
In recognition of National Correctional Officers Week and National Police Week, the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department are holding two events on Tuesday, May 8 to honor Alexandria’s fallen law enforcement officers. A wreath laying ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at Waterfront Park (1 Prince Street) and a memorial service begins at 11 a.m. at First Assembly of God (700 West Braddock Road). Both events are co-hosted by the Alexandria Retired Police, Fire and Sheriff Association and open to the public.