Letter: Deputies thanked for service to motorists

Dear Editor:
We are living in a day where local law enforcement are ridiculed, accused, and ostracized. The big name news stations love to tell the story of some unassuming officer of the law who has taken the law into his own hands. Police officers, sheriff’s deputies and their families are often the victim of such scenarios. Often these men and women struggle to make ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck. Generally they are over worked and under paid, but to most, they are willing to make this sacrifice to ensure the safety of friends, neighbors, and strangers alike. Why do they do it? 
Often the answer is the same—they just want to help people. The actual chance to help others does not come often enough, as the majority of their time is spent negotiating peace amongst neighbors, answering calls for service, serving court documents and dealing with the part of society that everyone else would rather not associate with. At the end of their shift, they go home and try to forget what they have witnessed during their shift and attempt to sleep on a revolving rotation of nights and days. They arise to find the latest headlines to read that another officer has been accused and slandered. Then they ask themselves the question, “When is it going to be my name at the top of the headlines?” All of this is endured because they want to help fellow citizens.
Of course there are always “bad apples” in the bunch, but this is not the norm, nor the majority. In fact, these “bad apples” are indeed the minority within the law enforcement community. Recently I was able to meet some of that majority in quite a desperate situation.
I am a pastor and my family and I are from the mountains of North Carolina, but currently live in southern Georgia. I recently accepted a ministerial position back in North Carolina, and we had taken a trip back to wrap up loose ends. As we were returning back to south Georgia on Wednesday, Sept. 20, we pulled into a local fast food restaurant when our vehicle shut off and would not restart. I knew right away that the alternator had gone out. 
Here we were three and a half hours from our destination, broke down. The closest alternator to fit our vehicle was 15 miles away. Although, one was available we had no way to get it, when my wife had the idea of calling the local sheriff’s office for assistance. I must admit that I was not very optimistic about this idea due to I was sure that they had more pressing issues than me getting an alternator. Upon calling, I was able to speak to Captain Robert Chalker. As I explained the situation, Captain Chalker advised me that he would be there in five minutes. I couldn’t believe it. As he stated, he arrived promptly in five minutes and took us to get the alternator. 
With the alternator in hand and some borrowed tools from the auto parts store, my son and I began the replacement. As we worked on the vehicle Captain Chalker charged our battery with his vehicle. As we all know, it is hot in Georgia! I was thoroughly impressed that Captain Chalker never once left us to go sit in his air conditioned vehicle. He remained right beside us with sweat pouring in the hot sun. 
As some time went by, Captain Chalker advised that he had some other responsibilities that he had to oblige. He then advised that he had another deputy on the way to make sure we got on our way. Upon the arrival of Deputy Jason Jones, Captain Chalker told us that if we needed anything to call him and he would try his best to help. I found Deputy Jones to be just as nice a guy as you would ever want to meet. I found him to be kind and courteous, just like Captain Chalker. He also charged our battery as we worked. And just as Captain Chalker, Deputy Jones also refused to return to the air conditioning of his vehicle. A little while later we finished the repair and thanked Deputy Jones for his kind attitude and faithfulness to duty. 
I felt compelled to write of this incident because when there was no help, the Lord sent these two upstanding servants from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. I applaud Sheriff Hutchins for ensuring that his staff is of the highest standard. Don’t believe everything you hear in the news about law enforcement officers. There are many men and women of law enforcement that just want to serve their community well. The thrill of the day is when, for a change, they actually get to do what they signed up for, helping someone in need. The next time you see your local law enforcement personnel, give them a big thank you for the protection and service that they provide without asking for anything in return. Thank you Captain Chalker, Deputy Jones, and Sheriff Hutchins for giving to those in need. Jefferson County, Georgia is truly blessed to have such servants as the men.
 
The Boyles Family
Ocilla