Panama City - The Bay County Sheriff's Office is celebrating 100 years of service. Hundreds gathered at Tommy Oliver stadium in Panama City to commemorate the anniversary which coincides with the county's centennial celebration.
The anniversary festivities included the reading of two proclamations, one by Bay County Commissioner Guy Tunnell and Rep. Jimmy Patronis. Moving comments were made by guest speaker Brigadier General Mark McQueen. "We are humbled in Bay County to have great heroes that support our community. Those that currently support us and those that sacrificed for our community in the pursuit of safety and law enforcement," said McQueen.
The Sheriff's Office also held their annual memorial and awards ceremony, recognizing the seven deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. TAPS was played and a 21 gun salute fired.
Sheriff Frank McKeithen also awarded dozens of employees for their dedication to the department and the safety of the county. "This gives us an opportunity to talk about the guys that are heroes everyday to make sure that our streets are safe and kids are safe and our parents are safe and Bay County is safe."
Photos of all 16 of Bay County's Sheriff's were on display, as well as vehicles used by the department decades ago.