ASHBURN, GA (WALB) - Two South Georgia legislators honor the Turner County Sheriff for some good police work that led to the peaceful capture of a suspected bank robber.
Area law enforcers and community leaders attended Thursday night's event in Ashburn to honor Sheriff Andy Hester for ending a standoff with a bank robbery suspect with no violence.
It's a round of applause as Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester receives a surprise resolution in his honor.
"I'm humbled by it and I'm just glad I have the opportunity to serve to the place I live," said Sheriff Andy Hester.
Hester's Childhood friend Rep. Clay Pirkle and State Senator Greg Kirk introduced the proclamation in General Assembly in Hester's honor.
"The reason that we brought the resolution for Andy is because our law enforcement need all of the support from the local community," said Rep. Clay Pirkle.
Glen Roth was charged with robbing a Credit Union in South Carolina last month. When officials issued a lookout for his car along I-75, Hester decided to check out some areas in Ashburn.
"The first motel I turned into there the car sit," said Hester. "There was only two cars there and it was one of them backed in and I just got out and confirmed the tag number on the car."
Hester was able to get Roth on the phone after officers swarmed the area.
"I just went into the lobby and asked the clerk could he call the room for me and I talked to the guy in the room," said Hester.
Hester says Roth surrendered with no resistance.
"I don't feel like I've done anything spectacular other than the fact that we didn't have a shoot out and somebody hurt," said Hester. "That's the good thing."
"He just did a great job and it's important we recognize that," said Pirkle.
You can find a copy of the resolution honoring Sheriff Andy Hester by clicking here.
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