APD awards Citizen of the Year to former officer for work amid pandemic

APD awards Citizen of the Year to former officer for work amid pandemic

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Albany Police Chief Michael Persley presented the Citizen of the Year Award on Wednesday.

Makeba Wright helped the Albany Police Department at the beginning of the pandemic.

“So, I heard one of my close friends in law enforcement was in the hospital and my heart dropped. I was trying to think of something that I can personally do to help the community. So, I made some phone calls and found out they needed masks. So, I started making masks,” said Wright.

Wright is a former police officer who continues to serve the community in a variety of ways.

In 2017, she formed an organization called Albany Twin Storms Incorporated. It was born after the storms hit in South Georgia. Wright wanted to do something to help those less fortunate.

When the pandemic hit and she found out local law enforcement agencies needed help, she stepped in.

Her organization started to hire people to help make masks and then donated them to front liners.

“It did make my heart glad that I can help out. I wanted to help out more but again, I am a small organization but just to be able to see first responders with the masks on it just made me very excited and happy I can help,” said Wright.

Over 200 handmade masks were donated to Albany police.

Makeba Wright helped the Albany Police Department at the beginning of the pandemic and was given APD's Citizen of the Year award.
Makeba Wright helped the Albany Police Department at the beginning of the pandemic and was given APD's Citizen of the Year award. (Source: WALB)

Other law enforcement agencies received donations as well.

“It’s an awesome opportunity to stand there and present the award to someone, especially to a person deserving. Part of a leader’s job is to recognize all the good efforts that people do. With the citizen award, we are able to go outside of the organization and recognize someone for doing something in the community,” Michael Persley, Albany police chief, said.

Wright said she was shocked to find out about the award and feels honored.

Persley said this year’s announcement was made through a Youtube Video because of COVID-19 restrictions.

A formal presentation is expected sometime at the end of January or next month.

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