Two lauded for helping law enforcement

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Weatherford Police Chief Manning presents an award to Frank Woody for going above and beyond to help law enforcement by providing them a place to conduct training.

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Parker County jail correctional officer Justin Hamilton receives an award for his exemplary service from his father, Parker County Sheriff’s deputy Rodney Hamilton.

The Parker County Law Enforcement community presented awards Tuesday, April 2, to two individuals honoring their exemplary service, Justin Hamilton and Frank Woody.

The first presentation went to Hamilton, a Parker County jail correctional officer. His father, Sheriff’s Deputy Rodney Hamilton presented the award.

“The Weatherford-Parker County Special Crimes Unit wished to recognize Justin for his unselfish act of assisting officers in betting their operations and in improving operations,” Rodney Hamilton said.

Justin Hamilton gave more than 120 hours of service during the past six months in assisting with training for officers and deputies of both the Weatherford Police Department and Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the training was beneficial to every officer who attended and participated.

“Training is a vital tool essential to our daily operations,” Fowler said. “For someone to volunteer their service and time in order to better other officers is highly commendable.”

Weatherford Police Chief Mike Manning said, “The service provided by Justin is greatly appreciated. Volunteers such as him provide a valuable service to the city and county residents.”

Parker County Jail Warden Ron King said the type of service Hamilton displayed was typical of the young man’s work ethic.

“Our future is very bright with young men like Justin who choose a law enforcement profession,” King said.

“I receive training along with them and it helps me as much as it helps them,” Justin said, who hopes to soon become a law enforcement officer like his dad.

The second award was presented to local business owner Woody.

Woody owns and operates Republic Manufactured Housing and allowed members of the unit to conduct training on his property after hours.

Woody was surprised at receiving the award saying he had no hesitations or issues when he was approached and asked for the use of the facilities and grounds.

“It was beneficial to the community,” Woody said. “This is our county and our sheriff’s office.”

Woody added he was happy to provide his business grounds in order to ensure a safer place to live.

“Our community will continue to grow because of men like Mr. Woody and Correctional Officer Hamilton,” Fowler said. “Communities will always flourish when they are blessed with volunteers who give of themselves.”

Chief Manning also said Mr. Woody’s contributions as a business owner and citizen were greatly appreciated.

“We are fortunate to have residents such as Mr. Woody who are willing to donate their facilities, time and money to help prepare our officers for any situation which may occur,” Manning said.