Honor Guard Takes First Place and Best Dressed at Competition
The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard took first place and the best dressed award at the May 1 Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (COG) Honor Guard Competition. This event took place on the grounds of the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Honor Guard team was comprised of Master Deputy Sheriff Samuel Gonsalves and Privates First Class Derrick Ledford, Thomas Kyle, Christopher Loftis and Kent Lwin.
The COG Corrections Chiefs Committee sponsored the 19th annual Wreath Laying Ceremony and Honor Guard Competition which commenced National Correctional Employees' Week. Slain correctional officers from across the nation were honored and remembered during the ceremony. These events recognize the outstanding work and dedication of all correctional employees and serve to increase the region's awareness of the important role they play in ensuring the safety of our communities.
First Lieutenants William Friedman and Kevin Smith, co-commanders of the Honor Guard, both remarked that this team worked very hard in preparation of the competition.
"I'm very proud of the Honor Guard and their many accomplishments," said Sheriff Stan Barry. "These awards are a direct reflection of their tireless efforts and commitment to excellence."
The Honor Guard is the formal representative of the Sheriff's Office at all types of functions in Fairfax County and the surrounding metropolitan area, including parades, graduations, funerals, major and minor league sporting events, and other special activities.
With more than 500 sworn deputy sheriffs, Fairfax is one of the largest Sheriff's Offices in Virginia and among the largest in the country. The Sheriff's Office is accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and the American Correctional Association.