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VFW Post 5015 donate pins to Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies

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Members of the VFW Post 5015 presented pins to Wilson County Sheriff's Deputies on Monday afternoon.

Coordinator and VFW member Ken Kackley said the initiative wouldn't stop there - they would be presenting over 400 American Flag pins to agencies including WCSO, Lebanon Police Department, Watertown Police Department and Mt. Juliet Police Department.

"We decided to get together and recognize law enforcement officers because they are soldiers on the street," Kackley said. "We want those officers to realize over a million VFW members are supporting them."

Kackley added that he was happy to give pins to the Wilson County Sheriff's Office and support them. "They support us with our flag retirement ceremony."

This isn't the first time this year for VFW Post 5015 to show their appreciation for local officers.

In February, they hosted the inaugural Public Service Valor Awards at the Veterans Building of the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.

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.

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