BY JIM WEIR
GRADY COUNTY —
We were busy the month of June continuing to lend a hand with the tornado relief efforts. Our Reserve Deputies also helped out at the Newcastle fireworks display and the Chickasha rodeo. We swore in six more Reserve Deputies taking our total number of Reserves now to twenty eight. The Grady County Sheriff’s Office is having a Reserve Deputy academy in September to certify additional officers and provide an opportunity for local municipalities and surrounding counties to certify reserve officers as well. Our Reserves are unpaid volunteers, they’re very qualified and many of them have worked with the Sheriff’s Office in years past. We are thankful to have the Reserves; they provide a valuable service to the community and to us.
Speaking of the Reserves, as everyone knows by now, we unfortunately had our first homicide in Grady County on our watch. Our Reserves immediately stepped up and came out to handle calls around the County as both our full time and part time Deputies that were on days off stepped up to help out. Our full time on duty Deputies that day handled this case very professionally and we believe everything has been presented to the District Attorney for a successful prosecution of this case.
We are gearing up for several events around the County including the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival and the Grady County Fair. We’ve ordered coloring books for children along with some books for older kids as well. These are books to help teach children to choose to be drug free.
We’ve had the chance this past month to attend numerous events; the Chisholm Trail Republican Women Roundup, the African American Historical Society’s Education Visionaries’ Walk of Fame, the OHCE ladies cookbook signing and the 4th of July Birthday celebration at Grace Living Center to name a few! If you are having an event around the County and would like for us to be there, just let us know!
We are helping to host a CrimeStoppers fundraiser at the Grady County Fairgrounds on July 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a bar b que brisket dinner, four moon bounces, a mobile unit, a helicopter, a “real life” crime scene and McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog will be there!! Tickets for the event are just $10. children 8 and under are free. The price of the ticket will not only get you dinner, but admittance to all the fun events of the evening. We will have representatives from not only GCSO, but the CPD, the DA’s office, all local police departments around the area, the OHP, OBN, OSBI, BIA and Lighthorse Patrol. If you’d like tickets contact Lisa at 405-222-1000, ext 259 or George at 405-224-1560. We hope everyone will come out and help us support this worthy cause.
In closing, as I always say, if you ever need anything from me, please just give me a call or drop in at the office to see me. I am a working Sheriff, so I may not always be in, but I will return your call if I miss it. Take care Grady County!