GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - It was a special day for law enforcement in Gadsden County where five deputies from different agencies were recognized for their service to the community.
One of the nominees for Officer of the Year included Gadsden County Deputy Maximilian Sander who died last month.
Organizations from Quincy and Havana hosted a special luncheon for officers.
The winner of this year's award was Lieutenant Donteris Andrews of the Havana Police Department for his work in a major drug bust.
Sergeant Angie Hightower with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office was also one of the nominees. She said it's an honor to be recognized with others dedicated to protecting their communities.
"We as law enforcement -- we leave our homes in the morning, we put our uniforms on, and we go to work," said Hightower. "When we get to work, we try to give it 100 percent. We run into all types of people in every aspect of life colors, creeds and beliefs, but there is no color when it comes to serving the public."
The other two nominees were Quincy investigator Shawn Boyd and Chattahoochee Officer Temeka Woods.