With turkey time just around the corner, one local church recently gave thanks to local law enforcement officials for all they do for residents living in Erath County.

Stephenville First Assembly of God held its 9th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet on Nov. 14.

According to Pastor Ed Dittfurth, the event was organized to “show our local officers how much we appreciate them and the service they provide this community.”

This feast and awards ceremony invited officers from the Erath County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Public Safety, Stephenville Police Department, and Tarleton State University Police Department to share food and fellowship.

The officers were served a tasty enchilada lunch with all the extras.

More than two-dozen officers from the four departments attended the event, some in street clothes and some in uniform, and several bought their families along to share in the praise.

The event offered a time for the hosts to show thanks to the officers, but also gave the brothers in law enforcement a chance to share a good time.

“There were stories being told and laughter filled the room at times,” Dittfurth said.

Determining who is the best of the best at each department is not up to Dittfurth and his fellowship. The Officers of the Year are chosen by members of their departments.

While the luncheon was held Friday, the top cops were presented their awards at Stephenville First Assembly’s Officer Appreciation Service on Sunday, Nov. 16. 

The 2008 “Officer of the Year” awards were presented to Chance Ensminger of the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, Brad Couch of the Department of Public Safety, Jim Towe of the Stephenville Police Department, and Clell Murray of the Tarleton Police Department.

Although Officers of the Year were not given big prizes, they received great praise for all they do.

“We support our local law enforcement and want them to know how much we appreciate them,” Dittfurth said. “Please join us in showing your appreciation by thanking our officers the next chance you get for serving and protecting this community.”