Photo by Elaine Rackley
Clayton County Sheriff’s deputies, Clarence Cox, (center) Andre Sykes (right) along with another deputy prepare food on a double cast iron grill for the fundraiser.
JONESBORO — The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office is working to raise money for its honor guard to compete next year in Washington D.C.
Friday, the sheriff’s office used a large, black, double-sided cast iron grill to cooked barbecue chopped pork, chopped chicken sandwiches, and chicken wings. Deputies served the entrees with all the sides, coleslaw, baked beans, chips and soda for $5.
The sheriff deputies held the fundraiser at the Clayton County Courthouse.
“We are trying to raise money to go to D.C. next year for the Police Officer’s Memorial Service,” said Capt. Ronald Gardiner. “The memorial service is for all of the fallen police officers throughout the United States.”
Gardiner said deputies attended the service last year in honor of fallen deputy Richard Daly.
“Our honor guard will be competing in an Honor Guard Competition between different police agencies,” Gardiner added. “We will be performing different military-type drills, marching competition, and a rifle drill competition.”
He said there are 12 Clayton County Sheriff Honor Guard members, nine of whom participated in the Friday fundraiser, including Jonathan Miller.
“Last year, we observed, while we there honoring Rick Daly, who was killed in the line of duty,” said Miller. “We decided we would compete in 2013. I enjoy the fact that I am able to represent the sheriff’s office in a manner such as this, that being discipline, honor and to show my greater commitment to sheriff’s office and the fallen officers.”
For more information or to donate, call 770-471-1122.