Local police officers receive honors


The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP) recognized Martinsville Police Sergeant Chase Bennett for his bravery and heroic deeds on the night of February 5, 2021. Sergeant Bennett received the VACP award for bravery, l one of the highest honors bestowed on a law enforcement officer. in Virginia can receive.

The VACP Award for Bravery recognizes a law enforcement officer who, in the line of duty, performs an act of extraordinary heroism while engaged with an adversary at imminent personal risk.

“We are extremely proud of Sergeant Bennett and the professionalism he has shown under extreme circumstances,” a statement from the Martinsville Police Department said.

Henry County Investigator L. Cliff Capps and Corporal John-Mark Tatum were named recipients of this year’s Bravery Award by the Virginia Sheriff’s Association. Both men were recognized for actions that saved two lives.

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“Our office appreciates the dedication shown by Corporal Tatum. He reacted quickly to a dangerous situation, risking his own safety to help someone under duress,” a statement from the sheriff’s office said. “Our office appreciates Investigator Capps’ quick response which is attributed to saving a life.”

Martinsville Police Officer Tucker Brown received the Martinsville Police Department Officer of the Year Award from the Fontaine Ruritan Club.

Brown has been with the department for four years and in addition to his patrol duties, he is also a member of the SWAT team.

Martinsville Police Officer Cody King has been named Neighborhood Officer for the third quarter of this year.

“King works extremely hard and is dedicated to providing professional law enforcement to this community,” a statement from the Martinsville Police Department said. “We are very proud of the excellent work Officer King is doing and wish him well as he begins K9 training in the months ahead.”

Bill Wyatt is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. He can be reached at 276-591-7543. Follow him @billdwyatt.


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