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Sheriff’s Office conducts promotion ceremony

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By: Erin Smith

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office held a promotion ceremony on Friday morning in the County Commissioners Meeting Room in the Bladen County Courthouse. The ceremony was attended by family members of the officers who were being promoted.

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker welcomed everyone to the event and spoke briefly, thanking the families who were in attendance.

Sheriff McVicker asked Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain D. Lambeth to offer a prayer in honor of the five officers killed in the line of duty in Dallas, Texas.

Sheriff McVicker also recognized the office staff where attended the ceremony. They are Sheryl Young, Sonya Heustess, Tracey Hatcher and Jewell Smith.

Major Larry Guyton and Captain Jeff Bridgers conducted the ceremony. Captain Jeff Tyler was unable to attend the ceremony. 

Those earning promotions were:

*Ms Duncan was promoted to Telecommunication Supervisor. Major Guyton said the 911 Call Center has a high call volume especially “when something is happening in the county.”

*Richard Allen works in narcotics division of the Sheriff’s Office. According to Major Guyton, a new rank has been created for the division that the Sheriff’s Office has not had before but Sheriff McVicker felt was appropriate. Major Guyton announced that Allen has been promoted to Sgt. Investigator.

*Deputy Dugan has been promoted to the rank of Investigator. Major Guyton said Dugan has earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kaplan University.

*Michael “Bull” Shaw has been promoted to the rank of Corporal. According to Capt. Jeff Bridgers, Corp. Shaw has served with both the Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department then worked for a time at his family’s business, Home and Industrial. Capt. Bridgers said Corp. Shaw then returned to the Sheriff’s Office.

*James White Jr. has been promoted to Corporal. Capt. Bridgers said Deputy White has worked with the Sheriff’s Office for about four years. Prior to that, Corp. White has worked for the Whiteville Police Department. Capt. Bridgers said Corp. White assists with courthouse security and in court.

Following the promotion announcements, Major Guyton said, “We are lucky here in this county to have someone who cares about the men and women who work in this office.”

Major Guyton told the crowd gathered that he had spent some time overseas

“When things would get bad, I would go to a scripture and read the 27th Psalm,” said Major Guyton.

Chaplain Warren Hill read the 27th Psalm to those present.

Richard Allen presented a Criminal Investigation Certificate to  Kendall Kelly. Deputy Kelly completed his certificate through the NC Justice Academy. 

“We’re working hard to protect the people of Bladen County,” said Sheriff McVicker.