January 25, 2021

Sheriff Ross Henry awarded the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal

Heard County Sheriff Ross Henry receiving the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal from DAR Chapter Regent Pamela Lyle at Tuesday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting in Franklin (Photo: Debbie O’Neal)

(Franklin, GA) — At the monthly meeting of the Heard County Board of Commissioners held Tuesday, June 23, 2020, members of the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, presented the DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal to Sheriff Ross Henry.

Sheriff Henry was honored for his 20+ years of service in Heard County but also because of his outreach within the community.

For over 20 years, Sheriff Henry has honored his Oath of Office and service in the field of law enforcement but this medal was also awarded because of programs that he initiated and participated with throughout the years.

Working with various agencies in the county, Sheriff Henry has coordinated the annual Easter Egg Hunt each spring and the collection of toys for children each December.

The Trunk or Treat program began in 1998 and helps provide a safe alternative for our youth at Halloween.

His patriotism has been further noticed as he recognizes the veterans within his department each November and his active support of veteran activities throughout the county.

His personal scholarship, The Sheriff’s Scholarship, celebrates its 20th year and is given to a deserving senior at the high school each year.

His service to the youth in our community can be best summed up in his own quote from back in 2012 when he stated, “I strongly feel that we need to give back to our community and there is no better way to do this than through the education of our children.”

Sheriff Henry is the first recipient of this award in Heard County.

The DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal falls under the National Defense Committee for the chapter under the watchful eye of the Chapter Chairman, Judy Pipes Miller.

The recipient must exemplify honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism. He must also contribute to the defense, security, or freedom to the community in an exceptional manner.

Chapter Regent, Pamela Lyle, thanked Captain Jane Olinger for her help with the tremendous amount of paperwork needed to secure this award and Heard County School Superintendent, Rodney Kay, for his impressive letter of recommendation.

“Sheriff Henry has worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of our school system. We have an incredible collaborative partnership with the Sheriff’s Office and that partnership has worked well to sure up the security of our campuses,” said Superintendent Kay in his letter of recommendation.

“He has partnered with the school system to bring a School Resource Officer to our school system. The sheriff’s office selflessly has provided transportation, uniforms, and all equipment needed for the officer.

Kay also emphasized the long-time sheriff’s direct support for Heard County’s children.

“Sheriff Henry also works with our community to provide events which educate our children. He is a supporter of the Baby Braves program, provides community events such as Easter egg hunts and Toy Drives during the Christmas season to provide for underprivileged children,” added Kay. “In our small community, it is vital for school system officials to have a willing participant, and Sheriff Ross Henry goes above and beyond to ensure the safety of our children.”

Sheriff Henry was extremely shocked to be surprised with the award. Chairman Boone had told him he need to be at the meeting to discuss a budget issue.

“This is a total shock and I really appreciate this award. I was in a meeting just a little while ago and they asked me how things were going down here with all the problems going on in the world, and I just told them I was thankful that we don’t have those kind of problems here in our county. Every day when I go to the end of Joe Stephens Road and turn right to go to Franklin I’m just so proud I don’t have to go north,” stated an emotional Sherriff Henry.

“It has been an honor being the Sheriff in this county because it is just such wonderful people and I love every one of them. Thank ya’ll so much and God Bless every one of you.”

Sheriff Henry received a standing ovation from the many attendees at the meeting.

The National Defense Committee for the NSDAR was formed back in 1926 and strives to preserve our American Heritage of freedom, protection of our US Constitution, and to ensure the survival of our national sovereignty. This committee advocates an unwavering faithfulness of these ideals on which our country was founded.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was formed in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from patriots that participated in the founding of our country.

With more than 185,000 members in about 3000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.

While we are a national society, the James Stewart Chapter’s goals are centered on serving the Heard County community.

You can find out more about our organization by viewing their national website at www.dar.org. You may also contact us directly at jamesstewartchapterdar@gmail.com.


  1. Rose Marie Thrower Mock says


  2. Robert G. Baratta says

    Thank you for keeping this great county safe! You and your staff are doing an excellent job! THANK YOU AGAIN!

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