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Top police officer, firefighter honored

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The Rocky Mount Lions Club named Senior Police Officer Tim Braddy, left, of the Rocky Mount Police Department, and Battalion Chief Tim Turner, of the Rocky Mount Fire Department, as their police officer and firefighter of the year on Thursday.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Friday, March 23, 2018

The local city police officer and firefighter of the year, as voted on by their peers, were announced Thursday at a Rocky Mount Lions Club luncheon.

Senior Police Officer Tim Braddy and Battalion Chief Tim Turner, who have both been on the job for nearly 30 years, received a letter of appreciation and check from the Lions, recognizing their hard work and dedication.

Braddy said accepting the award was an honor and a privilege. Turner said he was humbled.

Rocky Mount interim Police Chief Willie Williams said he's worked at a lot of police departments, and Rocky Mount is second to none. Williams praised Braddy for his work with K-9 units.

“You are a great asset to us,” Williams said.

Braddy began at the police department in 1990 and has been a K-9 handler for most of his career.

Braddy is the president of the local police association and motorcycle club. His charitable contributions to the community include helping create and distribute 350 Easter baskets to residents in assisted-living housing.

“Everyone here, together, makes us who we are,” Braddy said.

Rocky Mount Fire Chief Mike Varnell said Turner began with the department in October 1989 and rose through the ranks to become a battalion chief in 2011.

Turner helped start the city's search and rescue team and now works hand-in-hand with emergency services and hospitals in both Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Turner travels the globe assessing fire departments for accreditation.

“He sees the best of the best and brings that knowledge back to Rocky Mount,” Varnell said.

Fellow firefighters, commenting on the nomination forms, said Turner was “always willing to assist,” “positive” and “self-motivated.”

Turner accepted the award on behalf of every city firefighter, any one of which he said deserves the award.

“I've enjoyed working with him for 28 years, and I've learned a lot from him,” Varnell said.

Turner said firefighting and emergency services was about making a positive impact, even if it's just one person it's all worth it.

Nancy Bullard is a Lion and employee of Southern Bank, which sponsored the luncheon that was catered by Hunter Hill Cafe and held in the fellowship hall of Englewood Methodist Church. She thanked both recipients for what they do and what their respective departments do in the community.

The local Lions serve the blind and visually impaired in Rocky Mount and surrounding areas.

Senior Lion Milton Culpepper, the last remaining founding member of the local club, received a standing ovation from members, police and firefighters at the event for his commitment and contributions over the years.

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