Honor Guard Takes First Place and Best Dressed Two Years in a Row

May 9, 2011

Can you say repeat! For the second straight year, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard took first place and best dressed award at the May 7 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 Sergeants Maegan Timothy and Stephen Thompson; Master Deputy Sheriff Samuel Gonsalves; and Privates First Class David Barr, Thomas Kyle and Christopher Loftis.

The COG Corrections Chiefs Committee sponsored the 20th 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. Honor Guard members also participated in the opening and closing services, wreath laying, and rose posting for each fallen correctional officer. 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.

"Winning these awards is a huge accomplishment and to win them two years in a row is incredible," said Sheriff Stan Barry. "I’m so proud of the Honor Guard. These awards are a direct reflection of their tireless efforts, attention to detail 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. Joining the Honor Guard is voluntary but very competitive. In rain or shine, heat or cold, the Honor Guard maintains strict composure, precise military bearing, and meticulous attention to detail. Established in 1982, the Sheriff’s Honor Guard currently has 36 members.

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