While cries across the country in recent months have been recklessly calling for “defunding the police”, we locally are truly blessed with a professional, competent and highly capable police force. Acknowledging this, the management team at the LakeHouse Restaurant have conducted for the past 15 years an ”Evening of Honor” to recognize our Lake Lure Police. The team of officers and staff are treated to a delicious, savory dinner and
words of praise and commendation. The evening is funded and sponsored by the LakeHouse, residents and local businesses.
Current owners, Lewis and Robin Bentley, host the event while Police Chief Sean Humphries acts as Master of Ceremonies. Chief Humphries selects and recognizes officers who have distinguished themselves throughout the prior year with some significant, outstanding accomplishments.
Awards presented this year were to Sergeant Glen Gittens,“Distinguished Service”, to Kortney Burrell, “Community Service”, to Corporal Aaron Collins, “Citation of Bravery”, and to Chris Shuford, Aaron Collins, Kortney Burrell and Tyler Dills, “Community Support”.
For a little icing on the cake, the Olympiad presented Chief Humphries with a check for $1500 for the department’s support of the 2022 Olympiad. Everyone across the Gorge appreciates and give thanks to our local Police team.
Speaking of the Olympiad (segway to end this article), last year’s 3-day sports event gave back to selected charities and service organizations over $20,000 and over $400,000 in its 18 years of operation. Finally, the Olympiad Board is planning a long distance 3-mile swim at the town beach on June 10th. More details to follow. Mark your calendars if interested. Come out and compete or just watch, cheer and enjoy.