Randy Antone and Neeko are the Bluff City Police Department's first K9 team, and Antone has earned a further honor from the department, being named the Bluff City Police officer of the year. Photo by David Grace.
BLUFF CITY — Poet, mixed martial arts fighter, father, husband, K9 handler — all of these titles can be used to describe Bluff City police officer Roger Antone. He added another title to his name last week, 2013 Bluff City officer of the year.
Antone was presented the award at the regular monthly meeting of the Bluff City Board of Mayor and Aldermen. He was happy to receive the award.
"I was ecstatic," he said. "I put in a lot of hours for it, especially a lot of sleepless nights. ... I wanted to do this department right, especially with me being the first-ever K9 handler in Bluff City, ... receiving that award let me know all my hard work was appreciated."
Growing up, he always had the desire to help people, which would later lead him down the path of law enforcement.
He was raised by his mother, the rock of his life, and grew up with his two brothers and a cousin his mother adopted. Sometimes things would get rowdy with four boys in the house, but in every fight, he always won because he was the older brother.
He played football, wrestled and ran track in high school. He would later use the discipline from those sports in his law enforcement career. When he graduated Science Hill, he went to Cumberland College for a couple of years to play football and eventually came back to East Tennessee State University.
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