Can I tell you again how proud I am of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Explorer Program? Deputy Jeff Prater, the senior advisor over the program, has given me the list of Explorers that is receiving a 2014 President’s Service Award and the list has grown considerably from last year.

You may recall last year we had one Explorer, Nadir Garcia (who is also a student at Waxahachie’s Global High), receive the President’s Gold Award. This year Nadir has received it again and he is joined by seven more Explorers receiving the same. In addition to the eight receiving the Gold Award, we have three receiving the Silver Award and two receiving the Bronze Award.

Are you curious as to just how many hours these young people donated to their community? I was too. They donated 1,503.5 hours, or an average of 115.6 hours each. All this in addition to their normal routine of home, church, school, band, sports, meetings, training, competitions, etc.

Let me share the names and award received for each of these fine youths.

Exp. Capt. Colten Prater - Gold

Exp. Lt. Gage Adams - Gold

Exp. Sgt. Trevor Snodgress - Gold

Exp. Sgt. Shelby Snodgress - Gold

Exp. Braden Prater - Gold

Exp. Brandy Slusher - Gold

Exp. Nadir Garcia - Gold

Exp. Matthew Aguilar - Gold

Exp. Hannah Littles, Exp. Isaiah Bias, and Exp. Luis Martinez each received Silver

Exp. Joseph “Cain” Mitchell and Exp. Tristan McQueen each received Bronze

For information about the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program please contact Deputy Jeff Prater at 972-825-4934.

The Waxahachie Police Department and Red Oak Police Department also have Explorer Posts if you would like to talk with them about their programs.

Y’all Have a Blessed Week.

Johnny Brown has served as Sheriff of Ellis County since Jan. 1, 2009, and is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute. He has been in law enforcement for 20 years and holds a Master’s Peace Officer’s Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.