Local police chief honored by Attorney General for Hurricane Michael relief efforts


Since Hurricane Michael, many community leaders have stepped up and taken on several extra jobs to get their towns back in order.

Because of this initiative, state representatives like, Attorney General, Ashley Moody, have decided to honor those who have gone above and beyond.

One of these awards was given in Calhoun County Monday.

“I was proud to present Chief Baggett with the third Back the Blue award and we’re just so honored that he has committed his life to public service as a police chief and commend him for everything he’s doing for his small town,” said Ashley Moody, attorney general.

Since Hurricane Michael, Altha Police Chief, James “Jimmy” Baggett has taken on the roles of roughly six town employees.

“He started picking up trash, he served as crossing guard, he started doing home repairs, he helped remove debris,” said Attorney General Moody.

All, while continuing to perform his normal duties as police chief.

Which is why the Attorney General felt he was so deserving.

“He has just been an amazing representative not only of the police department, but of this community,” said Attorney General Moody.

Chief Baggett said, helping others in times of tragedy is just a part of the job, even if it means having to put off some of your own recovery efforts.

“You have to put yourself aside because that’s what we’re here for,” said Jimmy Baggett, Altha Police Chief. “We’re not here just to arrest people and put people in jail, we’re here to serve people and that’s what our job is to protect and serve people.”

The honor came to Chief Baggett as a total surprise. 

“It shows that somebody does care and it shows that somebody else wants to thank somebody else for doing something and I’m the person, I don’t need recognition,” said Chief Baggett. “I know what I do and what I do for people and I’ll get rewarded one day.”

Last week, Chief Baggett also received a Hometown Heroes Award from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.

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