Blade hidden in a belt buckle found in Judicial Building

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An alert deputy who prevented a weapon from potentially being used inside the Rutherford County Judicial Building was named Officer of the Month in August by Ford of Murfreesboro, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.

Deputy Andrew Towle was monitoring the metal detector when he discovered a hidden blade inside the belt buckle of a man entering the Judicial Building Aug. 14, said Sheriff Robert Arnold.

"Due to his diligence, Deputy Towle stopped the blade from potentially being used inside the public building," Sheriff Arnold said.

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Owner David Lee of Ford of Murfreesboro presented an engraved watch to Deputy Towle.

"I would like to commend Deputy Andrew Towle for having the alertness and frame of mind to stop a potentially life threating situation," Lee said. "It is officers such as Andrew Towle that helps make Rutherford County a much safer place to live."

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Sheriff Arnold commended Deputy Towle for his dedication to keeping safe the people who work in and visit the Judicial Building.

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