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300 honor top officer, local police

Hoyt repeats as winner, Goodrich 2nd
By MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor

At left, part of crowd of 300, including many officials, law enforcement agencies, packed KC Hall Saturday for annual awards ceremony. At left, part of crowd of 300, including many officials, law enforcement agencies, packed KC Hall Saturday for annual awards ceremony. More than 300 people crowded the KC Hall Saturday night to honor those who put their lives on the line to protect Rockdale.

Literally. Lt. J. D. Newlin reminded the fourth annual Officer of the Year Banquet this was a year in which a Rockdale officer was fired upon.

Ofc. S. A. Smith was uninjured in the exchange of gunfire in the old Walmart parking lot on Nov. 22.

“It can happen here,” Newlin said.

Repeat winner

For the second straight year Ofc. Mike Hoyt was named offi- cer of the year with Ofc. Stephen Goodrich as runner-up.

Officer of the year is selected on a points system from October through September.

During that 12 months, Hoyt issued 634 traffic citations, ser ved 233 warrants, made 19 felony warrant arrests and made 29 misdemeanor warrant arrests.

Below, two-time officer of the year Mike Hoyt and family, wife Stacy and 11-year-old daughter Brooke. Reporter/Mike Brown Below, two-time officer of the year Mike Hoyt and family, wife Stacy and 11-year-old daughter Brooke. Reporter/Mike Brown He also made three drug busts and obtained 31 confessions.

Hoyt, a native of Pflugerville, has been a member of the Rockdale Police Department since 2007.

Harris praised Hoyt’s work on traffic stops. “That’s pretty much where it all starts,” the chief said. “That’s where you get most of your drug arrests and also where you get those who are wanted on warrants.”

Previous officer of the year winners were:

2009 —</BOLD Goodrich, runner-up.

2008— Goodrich, winner; Rusty Brindle, runner-up.

2007— James Woodward, winner; David Everton, runner up.

Chad Jones (L), Rockdale High School principal, presented appreciation plaque for police department from school district to Chief Thomas Harris. &ldquo;They are always there, on the spot and quickly, when we need them,&rdquo; Jones said. Chad Jones (L), Rockdale High School principal, presented appreciation plaque for police department from school district to Chief Thomas Harris. “They are always there, on the spot and quickly, when we need them,” Jones said. Department members

Harris commended members of the police department.

“They are good men and serve this community well,” he said.

Members of the department are:

Police chief, Harris; lieutenant, Newlin.

Officers, Hoy t, Goodrich, Brandon Tess, Smith, Bryan Lightfoot, Ethan Patton, Steven Cooper.

Animal control officer, Fred Lankford.

Harris also praised dispatchers Shana Goodrich (supervisor), Trina Young, Esther Cole, Laura Matous and Sandy Kunkel.

‘Bad guys don’t stop’

Newlin generated a round of applause for families of law enforcement officers.

Ofc. Stephen Goodrich (R) receives the runner-up plaque from Lt. J. D. Newlin. Goodrich has been either officer of the year or runner-up in each of the last three years. Ofc. Stephen Goodrich (R) receives the runner-up plaque from Lt. J. D. Newlin. Goodrich has been either officer of the year or runner-up in each of the last three years. “We knew what we were getting into when we took these jobs,” Newlin said. “Our families learn what it’s like.”

“They learn that dad, or mom, is going to miss a lot of school functions for the kids, will be working a lot of holidays when everyone else is off, won’t be able to tuck the little ones in at night,” he said.

“And they learn sometimes we miss out on Santa because bad guys don’t stop just because it’s Christmas,” Newlin said.

Newlin also expressed appreciation to Kit Worley and Cruz Stewart for their help in the police food booth ef for t at Apache Pass.

“That’s become a major fund raiser for our department every year,” Newlin said.

The evening also featured a dance with Rockdale native Lange Debault and a live auction with John Fisher.

There was also a silent auction.

Cakes were provided by the W. T. Scurlock chapter of the National Honor Society at Rockdale High School.

Mayor John Shoemake gave the invocation.


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