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Optimist Club honors Sgt. Mark Kimsey


The Optimist Club of Chattanooga honored Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Mark Kimsey on Friday May 20, 2011 at a program held at Niko’s Southside Grill.

The Club’s “Respect for Law Program” was initiated in 1965 because they believe it’s important that our community recognize the many positive attributes of local law enforcement personnel who serve and protect the citizens of Hamilton County.

Carolyn Tucker, President of the Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club, stated “The Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club is proud to be a long-time participant in the Optimist’s annual Respect for Law Program. As a community, we are deeply indebted to those who choose a career of service in law enforcement. These men and women serve as the frontline of protection for all of us, and we are proud to honor Sergeant Mark Kimsey of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.”

Sergeant Mark Kimsey has served with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office since 1988. Gary Behler, Chairman of the Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club Respect for Law Program said, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Chairman of the Respect for Law Program for the last twelve years. This year, particularly, we are reminded of the dangers all law enforcement professionals and first responders face on a daily basis protecting our community. We are truly indebted for their service. Sergeant Mark Kimsey’s work in accident investigation and reconstruction is a most difficult and demanding job, which he performs with true professionalism.”

Joining Sergeant Kimsey for the presentation were Director G. A. Bennett and Chief Deputy Allen Branum.

Janice Atkinson
Public Information Officer
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

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