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Retiring sergeant honored

Leaders of the Town of Drakes Branch recently honored the service and dedication of outgoing sergeant, Tommy Galbreath, through a resolution.

Tommy Galbreath

The resolution, dated Dec. 4, cited Galbreath’s service to the town, including more than a decade working as the town sergeant, beginning January 2005.

“He proved to be a dedicated and outstanding police officer of the town,” the resolution cited. “The Town Council would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and commend him for a job well done.”

Town Mayor Denise Pridgen said while it is customary for employees of the town to write resolutions for outgoing employees, the respect that members of the town hold for Galbreath extends beyond formalities.

“He was a special person to us in the town,” Pridgen said. “He was an excellent town sergeant. He didn’t show any favoritism — that was the main thing I liked about Tommy. … (He was) fair to everyone. … He was just a fair officer and very helpful to anyone that he could help.”

Pridgen said that prior to serving in Drakes Branch, Galbreath had worked as an officer in the City of Hampton.

Pridgen said Galbreath currently resides in Madisonville.

She noted that he has battled health concerns but has been in good spirits when she has visited him.

“I think everyone in the town loved him, and the town council loved him,” Pridgen said.