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Mt. Juliet Police Department Lt. Tyler Chandler, EMS Chief Brian Newberry and Wilson County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer Joe Bowen were chosen as honorees and given plaques by Commander John Marshall.  SABRINA GARRETT/The Wilson Post
Mt. Juliet Police Department Lt. Tyler Chandler, EMS Chief Brian Newberry and Wilson County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer Joe Bowen were chosen as honorees and given plaques by Commander John Marshall.  SABRINA GARRETT/The Wilson Post
Mt. Juliet Police Department Lt. Tyler Chandler, EMS Chief Brian Newberry and Wilson County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer Joe Bowen were chosen as honorees and given plaques by Commander John Marshall.  SABRINA GARRETT/The Wilson Post
Mt. Juliet Police Department Lt. Tyler Chandler, EMS Chief Brian Newberry and Wilson County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer Joe Bowen were chosen as honorees and given plaques by Commander John Marshall.  SABRINA GARRETT/The Wilson Post
Mt. Juliet Police Department Lt. Tyler Chandler, EMS Chief Brian Newberry and Wilson County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer Joe Bowen were chosen as honorees and given plaques by Commander John Marshall.  SABRINA GARRETT/The Wilson Post

Local police officers and emergency services personnel were honored by VFW Post 5015 on Thursday night.

The inaugural Public Service Valor Awards ceremony was held in the Veterans Building of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Emcee and VFW Post Member Ken Kackley said he was pleased with the turnout - and hoped to expand the event in years-to-come.

"We are glad that we can recognize you guys," he began. "Hopefully next year we can have this whole room filled."

Award recipients were nominated by others in their respective departments and submitted to the VFW to final selection.

Mt. Juliet Police Department Lt. Tyler Chandler, EMS Chief Brian Newberry and Wilson County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer Joe Bowen were chosen as honorees and given plaques by Commander John Marshall for "going beyond the call of duty."

Debbie Pare with Wilson County SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network) accepted a donation to the program, as well, from members of the VFW.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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