I read with interest that law enforcement officials in Pike County recently honored one of their own. The honoree, 95-year-old Curly Long, is the oldest living retired state trooper in Alabama. A large number of people came to the Pike County Courthouse in Troy to honor Trooper Long for his service to the state. Long, who joined the State Troopers in 1952, served with distinction and dedication for 22 years. He was known to be tough, but fair. Long made a long-lasting impact on everyone who worked with him. Sgt. Tommy Merritt had this to say about the man:
Trooper Long is well-loved. He’s been around a long time, well-respected, everybody knows him and everybody’s honored to know him. He’s regarded as a legend among the State Troopers.
Trooper Long said he enjoyed his long career serving the people of Alabama. He received awards from the Fraternal Order of Police and the Alabama State Troopers, along with an official proclamation from the state legislature in honor of his service. It’s certainly appropriate to honor law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line daily protect all of us.
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