By Josh Lanier
Two Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were honored at the presentation of the annual Pugh Memorial Award on last week.
Lt. James Bailey, a 13-year veteran on the force who oversees a patrol division, and deputy Anthony Haynie, who works in the jail division, were presented with a plaque and a $500 reward after being nominated and voted on by other officers.
Sheriff Brad Riley said the two men were well deserving of the award. He presented the honor in a ceremony at the sheriff’s office Wednesday afternoon.
“These two obviously have stood out amongst the group of their peers and have shown their dedication to the job and their hard work is greatly appreciated by the department and all of its officers,” Riley said after the ceremony.
The family of Kevin Pugh, a former Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office jail officer who passed away out of the line of duty, administers the award each year and provides the department with the money and plaque. The awards are presented each year to a veteran officer and a rookie officer with less than a year of policing experience, Riley said.
Lt. Bailey trained deputy Pugh and said receiving the honor that bears his name means a great deal to him.
“Kevin was a great guy; he was really energetic and just a great guy to work with,” Bailey said. “Being up there with all of the past winners and being nominated and voted by your peers means so much.”
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