Beck Thanks Sheriff Hammond

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

I would like to take a moment to thank Sheriff Hammond and his patrol officers for their superb display of professionalism. Quick action in response to a request to the sheriff and his patrol division made family newcomers to our county delightfully surprised and comfortable. 

Our dad, James Crosby, made his transition on Father's Day and was laid to rest at Chattanooga National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 24.  While escorting the funeral motorcade, sheriff's officers blocked off every intersection en route and stood at attention outside of their car with hand across their hearts in spit shine dress blue.

I guess it could be said that it was just another day in the common duty of the sheriff’s office.  But not so for us.  As I rode along in the family car, I witnessed how the patrol officers whisked by with screaming sirens that caught the attention of bystanders, which probably made them think a great community leader was being taken to his resting place. No, it was only our daddy. 

Through usually aggressive traffic from Taylor Funeral Home - up Wilcox to Holtzclaw, and across Third Street and McCallie Avenue to Baily Avenue, all traffic was motionless as patrol officers parked at every intersection with patrol unit lights flashing and with a look of serious resolve on their faces. 

Veterans of Foreign Wars are still struggling with receiving help for their war efforts and honor for their sacrifices.  But at least for this moment at Tapps end and for this soldier (our dad), the sheriff’s patrol officers made our family feel that James Crosby was especially honored and appreciated.       

Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Larry Henry for their participation and support.

Former Commissioner
Greg Beck


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