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Letter of the Month: Wilson Police Department pitches in for the Salvation Army

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It is so rewarding when people step up to the plate to help those in need, but, it is even more special and rewarding when members of our own Wilson Police Department step up to help!

Our officers are known for responding to traffic and criminal alarms, but they are not known for their generosity in helping others on a daily basis. The Salvation Army had a need for new shelving units to be constructed and barrels of food to be emptied and stored on the shelves. Today, in full uniform, Sgt. Matthew London and Sgt. Russell Winstead had their entire team come to our call for help and not only were the shelves assembled, but 26 barrels of nonperishable food were emptied and stored on the shelves.

This team of sergeants and officers worked together like clockwork and their professionalism and courteous attitudes were outstanding. Maj. Scott Biddle should be proud of his work within the department, because we are certainly proud of our Wilson Police Department.

What they did today is just one of many of their acts of volunteering in the community. They are proud to admit that they have tens of thousands of volunteer hours clocked and always looking for new opportunities. The next time you see a police officer, thank that officer for his or her service to our community.

Gary Proffitt

Wilson

The writer serves on the Salvation Army of Wilson’s advisory board.

Editor’s Note: This letter was originally published Feb. 14 and is February’s nominee for the John D. Gold Award for local commentary. Gold Award nominees are selected by online public vote. The online contest for March is open through Friday on WilsonTimes.com. A separate honor, the Elizabeth Swindell Award, is awarded by the Times editorial board. Monthly winners in each contest are republished here and become finalists for the Gold and Swindell awards at year’s end.

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