Resident gives thanks to Locust Grove Officer Demarkus Hutcherson

Photo of Locust Grove Police Officer Demarkus Hutcherson receiving a certificate of appreciation from Police Chief Derrick Austin (Locust Grove photo)

A local resident showed her appreciation for one of Locust Grove’s police officers on Monday night, September 20. Police Officer Demarkus Hutcherson had gone out of his way recently to assist her at the local Walmart. The city council joined in recognizing Officer Hutcherson during their meeting.

City commends Officer Demarkus Hutcherson

Locust Grove Police Chief Derrick Austin shared with the council on Monday night two recent emails he had received from residents. Both emails thanked Police Officer Demarkus Hutcherson for helping out.

In the first email, dated August 5, the resident thanked Officer Hutcherson for distributing book bags to kids who needed them. In addition, she thanked him for delivering them directly to families. Officer Hutcherson also purchased a pair of shoes for two kids. The purchases were made out of pocket by the officer. “Its officers like [Officer] Hutcherson that we need in the community,” said the resident.

Finally, Chief Austin shared a second email received on August 17. Patricia Buckner was in need of new boots to start a new job. When asked while on duty at Walmart if he had a spare pair she could have, Officer Hutcherson instead went inside the store with her and purchased a pair. This allowed Buckner to start the new job.

In addition, the new job has provided Buckner with the funds to move out of a homeless shelter. She recently moved into a new apartment. She attended Monday night’s council meeting and thanked Officer Hutcherson for his actions.

Police Chief Derrick Austin presented Officer Hutcherson with a certificate of appreciation. Members of the city council also thanked Officer Hutcherson for representing Locust Grove proudly and for his service to the community.

Featured image shows Officer Hutcherson and Police Chief Austin. Photo credit Locust Grove.

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