Alcoa Police officer Jeff Parsons had his day in court at the Alcoa Municipal courtroom at 3 p.m. Monday, July 11.
What a great day it turned out to be for the FOP Officer of the Year.
Parsons was honored by the state legislature for organizing a fundraiser on April 18, 2010, at the Alcoa Wal-Mart that raised more than $2,000 for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
His wife, Beth and six of their seven children, were waiting for him in the courtroom, along with city officials, District 8 State Sen. Doug Overbey, District 20 State Rep. Bob Ramsey and District 8 State Rep. Art Swann, fellow police officers and staff and members of Parsons’ family.
Overbey was the first to speak. “Jeff, news of your being named the Fraternal Order of Police Bud Allison Memorial Lodge 9 Officer of the Year made its way to Nashville, and we wanted to do something special for you and all law enforcement officers,” he said.
The state senator said Parsons went above and beyond the call of duty in organizing the community event at the Alcoa Wal-Mart. District 20 State Rep. Bob Ramsey said he appreciated Parsons’ commitment to his community. “It is wonderful to be recognized by your peers, the administration and the public for commitment to law enforcement and community welfare,” Ramsey said.
District 8 State Rep. Art Swann said those who serve in uniform are very special. “Often we just think of people serving overseas in the military but don’t think of the men and women going up and down the street protecting our community each day,” he said. “I thank you for what you do and what all the officers do.”
Alcoa Mayor Don Mull thanked Parsons. “Jeff, we’re really proud and honored to have you, and we’re proud of all of the police department,” he said to Parsons and his fellow officers gathered in the courtroom. “The job you do protecting our citizenry is vital.”
Alcoa City Manager Mark Johnson echoed Mull’s comments. “We are very, very proud of Jeff and all of our officers. Their jobs are very difficult. They represent us and take care of us very well,” Johnson said.
Parsons was quick to thank the officers who helped make the fundraiser happen. “The majority of officers standing here were in the dunk tank that day,” he said.