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Dougherty and Lee County Officers of the Year

The Exchange Club of Albany honored some of South Georgia's best law enforcement officers today.

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Six agencies in Dougherty and Lee Counties named their Officers of the Year. Officer Charles Noyes  was the Albany Police Department Officer of the Year. He jumped into the Flint River in August to try to save two children who were drowning.

Investigator William Smith was the Dougherty County Police Department Officer of the year.

The Dougherty County Sheriff's Office honoree was Lt. Pamela Thomas, who heads their youth division.

Georgia State Patrol Trooper Meed Kelley was their honoree.

The Georgia Department of Resources representative is Corporal Mike Binion, who helped rescue people in cars swept into flood waters during Hurricane Fay.

Binion said "The old saying is, where the pavement ends, that's where we begin at. Out in the woods,and on the water, and everything."

Lee County's Sheriff's Office brought their 2007 and 2008 Officers of the Year to be honored. Investigator Tommy Goodwin was undercover last year and could not pick up his award. Goodwin and this year's honoree, Captain Brendon Browning, both led the break up of a major marijuana grow house operation.

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