Siegel High School Honored Retired Sheriff Truman Jones and Original Five SROs for 30th Anniversary

Oct 20, 2023 at 11:04 pm by WGNS News

Siegel High School SRO Kyle Grisham and SRO Roscoe Sanders conduct a school drill during the 2021 academic year.

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN - School resource officers kicked off their 30th anniversary celebration at the Siegel-Riverdale High School football game Friday night (Oct. 20.)

Retired Sheriff Truman Jones, who started the SRO program, the five original SROs, present SROs and Rutherford County Schools’ leaders attend the game. The first SROs were Barry Benham, Phil Brooks, Dan Goodwin, Bill Kennedy and Bill West.


The recognition began with a motorcade around the track, escorting Jones and the five original SROs to the mid-field during pre-game ceremonies. 

Jones delivered the game ball used for the football game and stood at mid-field as the Siegel band led in the national anthem.

Siegel SRO Roscoe Sanders coordinated the celebration.

Jones and then Rutherford County Schools’ Superintendent Elam Carlton worked together to initiate the SRO program in 1993 at five county high schools.

SROs provide safety and security at all Rutherford County Schools, mentor and advise students and participate in school activities.

Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department and the Sheriff’s Office Bearcat were available for the children to view along will photo booths for pictures.

Siegel Principal Larry Creasy said he worked at Smyrna High School when the first SROs started at the high school.

“I can’t imagine going to work every day without an SRO in the building,” Creasy said. “They are so important, not just for safety, but they interact with students and teachers and help out in any away. They are in the cafeteria during lunch interacting with the students.”

When SRO Sanders approached him about the event, Creasy wanted to participate.

“The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and the SROs are a leader in this area and in the nation for many years,” Creasy said. “We want to recognize them. We appreciate their hard work and dedication.”

Sanders said students often talk with him.

“I love being here talking to our kids,” Sanders said. “We are making a difference every day in their lives and the pathways and the trajectory we’re doing every day. We monitor them like they are our own kids.”

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