News Flash

News

Posted on: July 22, 2019

Post 29 recognizes Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year

Mike Mizak, Irv Eurto, Terry Melton, John Howard, Ken Hair, Woody Smith, Brent Phelps

American Legion Post 29 recognized Chaplain Jason Hines as the 2019 City of Lenoir Firefighter of the Year and Sgt. John Howard as the 2019 City of Lenoir Police Officer of the Year during the City Council meeting Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Police Chief Brent Phelps and Fire Chief Ken Hair both said it is difficult to select just one officer and firefighter to be honored every year.

“This year, we chose Sgt. John Howard for his extensive work in the opioid conspiracy case that we had going on for over two years,” Chief Phelps said.

Chief Phelps said Sgt. Howard put in around 1,500 hours into the case. Howard and other officers conducted more than 20 interviews during the case.  Prosecutors charged seven people in the case and one plead guilty in federal court.  

“I’m proud of the work that Sgt. Howard put in,” Chief Phelps said.

Chief Hair said Firefighter Jason Hines epitomizes what a selfless public servant should be. Hines always volunteers to help when needed. He volunteered to be the Fire Department chaplain when the previous chaplain retired. Hines also volunteers and serves as Chaplain for the Sawmills Volunteer Fire Department, and he serves as a Chaplain for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office.

“He truly deserves this award and I’m proud to receive it on his behalf,” Chief Hair said.

Hines had a previous commitment and could not attend the meeting.

Chaplain Jason Hines

Chaplain Jason Hines

Sgt. John Howard

Sgt. John Howard

Mike Mizak, Irv Eurto, Terry Melton, John Howard, Ken Hair, Woody Smith, Brent Phelps

Pictured from left: American Legion Post 29 Adjutant Mike Mizak, Irv Eurto, Finance Officer Terry Melton, Lenoir Police Sgt. John Howard, Lenoir Fire Chief Ken Hair, Post 29 First Vice Commander Woody Smith, and Lenoir Police Chief Brent Phelps.

2019 Lenoir Fire Dept. Firefighter of the Year Chaplain Jason Hines Presented by American Legion Pos

2019 Lenoir Police Dept. Officer of the Year Sgt. John Howard Presented by American Legion Post 29

View high resolution photos on Flickr.
Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in News

A close up of Corporal Hamrick's plaque of appreciation

Fire Chief recognizes Officer and Deputy

Posted on: December 4, 2019
Stella January and Joshua Harris

Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on: November 27, 2019
A lady takes a photo of a Christmas tree during Light Up Lenoir in Downtown Lenoir, Nov. 16, 2018

Holiday events start tomorrow

Posted on: November 20, 2019
Kayakers paddle in the indoor pool at the Lenoir Aquatic and Fitness Center

Come kayak at the aquatic center

Posted on: September 25, 2019
Image of a caller ID that reads "Scammer calling" "Accept" "Reject"

Don't get scammed

Posted on: September 25, 2019
Mayor Gibbons presents the Constitution Week Proclamation to Cindy Day Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 in Do

Mayor proclaims Constitution Week in Lenoir

Posted on: September 17, 2019
Judge Robert Brady gives the Oath of Office to Ralph Prestwood while Jane Prestwood holds a Bible

Ralph Prestwood joins City Council

Posted on: September 4, 2019
Litter Sweep North Carolina Sept. 14-28, 2019

Litter Sweep is next month

Posted on: August 21, 2019
Ken Hair and Bobby Coffey uncouple the fire hose during the Station No. 3 Dedication Ceremony

City dedicates new Fire Station No. 3

Posted on: August 13, 2019
Fireworks during the July 4, 2018, Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration

Posted on: July 1, 2019