Sheriff honors volunteer

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The Levy County Sheriff’s Office and C.O.P. (Citizens on Patrol) volunteers met to recognize the 2013 C.O.P. Volunteer of the Year Stella Damann at the group's annual banquet on Monday, Feb. 10.

The C.O.P. Program is made up of civilian volunteers who donate their time and talents to assist the Sheriff’s Office by providing assistance with traffic control, funeral escorts, special events, courthouse duties and other needs. 

Sheriff Bobby McCallum, who presented the C.O.P. Top Volunteer award to Damann, said “Every C.O.P. Member is deserving of this award but we can only pick one.” 

Damann joined the C.O.P. Program in 1994, and has donated almost 4,000 hours.

The C.O.P members and sheriff's staff dined on barbecued chicken prepared by Lt. Shawn Hunt and Deputy Keith O’Steen, and desserts prepared by Wilda Long and Laurie Beauchamp as an expression of gratitude for the hours they volunteer.