Sheriff's Office Volunteers Worthy of Recognition

It’s easy to shun and chastise,” said Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry at an April 30, 2008, luncheon to recognize more than 100 volunteers who work in the county jail. “The hard thing to do is to reach out and help the person who needs it most.”

Sheriff’s Office volunteers provide inmate programs at the Adult Detention Center and the Pre-Release Center, including mental health counseling, religious services, alcohol and drug support groups, health education, library services and job training.

“Volunteers are able to separate the bad to find the good in each person,” said Barry. “The services they provide help break the cycle of crime and ease the inmates back into the community after they’ve done their time.”

Eleanor Duffield (Hunter Mill District), William Richey (Hunter Mill District), Norma “Timmie” Edwards (Braddock District), the late Earl McKay* (Springfield District), and Rose Utz (Prince William County) received special recognition for each contributing over 300 volunteer hours in 2007.

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a Sheriff’s Office volunteer, please call Sgt. Donna Honse at 703-246-3763 or e-mail the Sheriff's Office.

* Ruth McKay accepted the posthumous award for her husband.

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