January 9th is set aside each year to say “thank you” to our law enforcement officers. I encourage you to express your gratitude for their service. Law enforcement can be a lonely calling. They see things and deal with the worst of society that most do not know exists. Pray for them. Encourage them. In the current age in which we live, it is somehow popular to villainize police officers, and blame all of societies woes on them. Calls for defunding the police are all too common and “criminal justice reform” is a popular talking point. All the while we turn a blind eye to a society that encourages disobedience to authority, sits quietly as our public buildings and private businesses burn, and fails to acknowledge the moral bankruptcy that exists. A society where “personal responsibility” is a foreign concept and has no place. It reminds me of Isaiah 5:20, where it says “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil.” This is what we have done as a nation, and we have clearly lost our way.

I am truly thankful to live in Gallia County. Our officers are top notch and do their very best for you every day. I want to thank all of our officers for their service. It is an honor to work closely with our men and women from the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, Gallipolis Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Village of Rio Grande Police Department, University of Rio Grande Police Department, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Gallia County Common Pleas Court Probation, Gallia County Juvenile Court Probation, and Gallipolis Municipal Court Probation. I also want to thank the spouses and families of our officers, for your understanding of this calling, knowing this often means time away from home for the betterment of our fellow citizens.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:13

Be Safe,