An awards ceremony is held quarterly at the Chatham County Sheriff's Department. Its purpose is to announce promotions, retirements and service awards. On a recent occasion, reserve deputy Jim Murray was recognized for his dedication and spirit of volunteerism.
After he retired a few years ago and moved to Savannah, he became a volunteer firefighter. He also wanted to get involved in law enforcement, so attended the police academy and became a sheriff's reserve deputy.
"It's been very rewarding," Murray said. "Learning new skills and at the same time making a contribution to the community and try to help people. I enjoy talking to people and that's a big part of the fun of the job."
Murray works at least one day a week with the street division of the sheriff's department. He was recently named chief of the volunteer fire department at the Landings. He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Every Monday he volunteers as a barn builder at Bethesda.
"I'm going to continue to work as long as I can," he said. "I think the longer you work and the more active you stay, the healthier you stay, so that's my goal."
For his dedication to making his community a better place to live, Jim Murray is this week's WTOC Hometown Hero.
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