Rutherford County Sheriff Deputies Honored for Escapee Pursuit

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Communications Cpl. Bobbie Jackson, center, holds a plaque presented to her by second-shift deputies involved in the capture of two escapees wanted for murdering two Georgia corrections officers. From left are Sgt. David Alford, Deputy Michael Romans, Deputy Mark Gregory, Sgt. Derek Oeser, Deputy Chris Beach, Jackson, Sgt. Trey Nunley, Deputy George Barrett, Deputy Joey Vann and Deputy Matt King.

Sheriff's deputies honored a dispatcher Tuesday for keeping them safe while they pursued two escapees shooting at the officers during a pursuit June 15.

Communications Cpl. Bobbie Jackson received a state of Tennessee plaque with a thin gold line representing dispatchers from deputies involved in apprehending the two escapees wanted for murdering two Georgia corrections officers.

Deputy Joey Vann said citizens see the deputies but they don't see the dispatchers guiding them and reassuring them.


"We wouldn't have been able to get to where we were at and do what we were able to do without you and your calm demeanor and how things rolled on the radio," Vann said, adding Jackson made sure the deputies were safe.

"When push comes to shove, you've got our back just as much as we've got each other," Vann said. "You're just as much a part of that as we were. If it wouldn't have been for you, we wouldn't have been there."


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