MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK)- Law enforcement officers don't often get the recognition they deserve for putting their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe, but a local organization is doing its part to honor them.
Law enforcement is dangerous work.
"Each day, the officer puts his or her ballistic vest on, comes to work, and realizing they may not come home," says Lauderdale Sheriff Department, Sheriff Billy Sollie.
A local group has made it a goal of theirs to recognize the men and women who wear the badge.
The Meridian Exchange Club honored and rewarded three outstanding local law enforcement officials at Red Lobster.
"Each of the officers is summited by their agencies. I think it’s an opportunity we can recognize them, but hopefully to motive them. It's a time for us to honor them with appreciation," says District Attorney, 10th Circuit Court.
The Meridian Exchange Club named Lauderdale County Sheriff's Lieutenant Karey Williams Deputy of the year, Highway Patrol Troop H Trooper Scott Coggins trooper of the year, and Meridian Police Sgt. Derrick Williams was named officer of the year.
"I love my job and what I do. With or without the award I’m going to do my job and I do it with pride. It is an accomplishment for them to appreciate me with this award," says Sergeant Derrick Williams.
"I’m very thankful for my department and the people I work with. I've wouldn't be able to do any I do without the team that works with me," says Lt. Karey Williams.
Sheriff Billy Sollie says the awards mean a lot to the recipients.
"As a recipient of this award by in 1976, when I was with the meridian police department. I'm proud the meridian exchange club is continuing to have this program. They continue to recognize officers from Highway Patrol, Lauderdale Sheriff’s Department, and Meridian Police Department," says Sollie.
Dennis Harper- a member of the Meridian Exchange Club- was the guest speaker.
The Meridian Exchange Club has held the law enforcement luncheon since the 70s.