Luncheon recognizes sheriff's department as local heroes

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII)-- Friday afternoon, an Ardmore business and organization partnered with Texoma legislators to recognize the Carter County Sheriff's Office.

Organizers said showing appreciation to the deputies was more crucial than ever, following the tragic killing of a Logan County deputy David Wade earlier this month.

Wade's funeral was Monday, after being killed earlier this month in the line of duty, when he attempted to serve an eviction notice, and was shot multiple times.

Farmer's Insurance Agency owner Steve Russell says this violence is hitting too close to home.

"This isn't something we read about on either coast, right?" Russell said. "This is happening right here in Oklahoma, a dangerous job to be in law enforcement."

Russell's agency is taking part in a nationwide campaign to thank a local hero every month. But this month, they're thanking an entire department, the Carter County Sheriff's Office, with an award and a barbecue lunch.

"We just want to celebrate what they do every day, thank them for what they do," Russell said. "We know its a thankless job, and a free lunch is the least we can do."

At first, Russell asked Sheriff Chris Bryant to chose one hero. But Bryant said that was impossible.

"Whether its admin staff, its field deputies, its jail staff, its the maintenance crew, it takes everybody to work together, and everybody has the same common goal of making this place and county a better place to live." Bryant said.

Russell was joined by the Ardmore Shrine Club, who cooked the food, and local legislators.

"Anytime they go out, their lives are on the line, and we need to respect that, and respect them for that, and show our appreciation any chance we get." State Representative Tommy Hardin said.

Bryant says the thanks is much appreciated, especially after such a tragic loss so close to home.

"Its getting too often," Bryant said. "I would encourage everyone out there in this listening area to stand behind your law enforcement, and get behind them. Because they need you, they need you more than anything."

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