Pictured with the Department of Children Services Staff are Sheriff Mike Neal, Chief Deputy John Argo and Detective Rocky Potter, who handles all of the child abuse cases for Rhea County Sheriff’s Department
In coordination with National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April, the Rhea County Sheriff's Office participates in the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign by planting a Pinwheel Garden at the Rhea County Courthouse.
Involvement in this campaign encourages everyone who sees the pinwheels to become engaged in creating great childhoods for all children.
The 138 blue pinwheels planted this year represent the 138 child victims in cases of sexual, physical assault and/or neglect worked by the Rhea County Sheriff's Office and the Investigation and Assessment Team of the Department of Children's Services in 2017. The red pinwheel is planted in remembrance of Landon Robbins who lost his life in 2013 to severe physical child abuse.
Children deserve to feel loved and protected, and the annual Pinwheels for Prevention campaign demonstrates the commitment to families in the community, said officials.