OCSO & Walton Sheriff Holds 12th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Event

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Walton and Okaloosa County Sheriff's officials joined forces Wednesday for their 12th annual event.

Organizers focused the tribute on those who put their lives on the line every day.

"All give some, some give all,” said Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashely.

That sentiment seemed to be the theme for this year's annual officer appreciation event in Niceville Wednesday morning.

Walton and Okaloosa County law enforcement officials heard from keynote speaker, former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate, Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee touched on those who have died in the line of duty.

"It is important for the rest of us to know that the sacrifice that is made by law enforcement is a sacrifice that not only touches those officers, but touches the wives, the children and the mothers,” stated Huckabee.

Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley also acknowledged five nominees for the county's officer of the year award.

This year's winner, an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy, for his outstanding service.

The event mainly focused on Okaloosa County deputies

But Walton County’s Sheriff officials who attended say it's all about supporting and appreciating the men and women who are out there every day.

"We feel like it is great to be here and show support our brothers and sisters in Okaloosa County and pay tribute to those families who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson.

The event also honored the families of three Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies, who've been killed in the line of duty.


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