BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson is to be recognized next weekend as “National Law Enforcement Office of the Year” by the Sheriff Buford Pusser Festival.
“Sheriff Anderson has led one of the most progressive and professional Sheriff’s Offices in the State,” McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck and Madison County Sheriff David L. Woolfork wrote in a joint press release issued Friday.
“The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office is one of the few Sheriff’s Offices that is recognized as an accredited law enforcement organization by the Committee on Law Enforcement Accreditation (COLEA). Personally Sheriff Anderson has received both State and National awards and recognition for his personal training and handling of law enforcement K-9s. Of four dogs he has personally trained and handled, two of those have been listed in the Top 20 Law Enforcement K-9s in the United States.”
Buck and Woolfork also announced Trooper Dwayne Stanford of the Tennessee Highway Patrol will receive the Local Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.
“Trooper Stanford was THP’s Officer of the Year due to his apprehension of a fugitive on Interstate 40,” the release stated. “During the arrest, Trooper Stanford was shot by an accomplice but was able to return fire and neutralize the threat.”
The awards will be presented May 26 during the Buford Pusser Festival in Adamsville, Tenn.
Festival activity is scheduled to begin with a parade at 10:30 a.m., with the awards service to follow at 11 a.m.
Also there will be a motorcycle ride led by Buck that will visit several sites of importance in Sheriff Pusser’s life. The motorcycle ride begins at noon and all riders should meet at Adamsville City Park. All riders who would like to ride in the parade are encouraged to do so. Lineup is at 10 a.m.