JONESBORO—A third generation law enforcement officer has taken home the same award his father won two decades ago.
“This is the first award I have ever won with the police department,” said the 2012 Knights of Columbus’ Tara Council “Officer of the Year” award recipient, Ryan Hall.
Hall was recently honored with the award during the Knights of Columbus 40th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Day.
“This program is well worth it,” said Mark Hale, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus’ Tara Council. “All of our public safety folks don’t get the recognition that they deserve.”
Hall said he had no idea he was even nominated for the award. He said he was amazed when he heard his name called as the winner.
“I was surprised,” Hall said. “They told us to be there for a luncheon. I was surprised to see my name on the honor roll on the program.”
The Knights of Columbus Annual Public Safety Appreciation Day was held on Oct. 17, at Tara Hall, located at 481 Flint River Road in Jonesboro.
Hall said his grandfather, Charlie Milton Hall II, was a lieutenant with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and his father, Charlie Milton Hall III, was a captain with the same sheriff’s office. He said his ambition was to follow in their footsteps.
“This is something I have always wanted to do,” Ryan Hall said. “ I like the camaraderie of all the guys in the police department. I really like being a part of a team and making a difference in the community, by making it a safer place to live.”
Hall said his father was excited about him being awarded officer of the year, because his dad won the exact same award in 1990.
“I remember my dad getting the award,” he added.
Former Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Charlie Milton Hall III, said he joined the sheriff’s office in 1973 and retired in 2005. he said he is very proud of his son.
“I believe he deserves it,” Hall III said. “He is a fine young man and an excellent officer. Listening and watching him, I can see that he is dedicated to his career.”
The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal benefit society, says it has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.