Cary, NC — The Cary Chapter of the Police Benevolent Association, or PBA, will hold an awards ceremony and banquet on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Cypress Manor to honor and recognize both current and veteran police officers.
Police Benevolent Association
The Southern States Police Benevolent Association (SSPBA) is composed of more than 32,000 law enforcement officers employed by federal, state, county, and municipal governments. The SSPBA serves communities and officers in eleven states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and, of course, North Carolina.
The divisions and chapters of the PBA exist to protect and serve police officers and their families while educating the public about the daily work of law enforcement workers and the sacrifices they make to keep their communities safe. These education efforts form ties and relationships that benefit both officers and the communities in which they serve.
Cary Chapter Recognizes Detective Almond
The Cary Chapter does its part to take this process of education, partnerships, and relationship building to a new level. Each year, the chapter brings together elected officials, officers, and the community to both showcase the talents of current police officers and to honor the legacy of retired Detective George Almond.
Almond, a PBA member, was the first Cary police officer to be shot in the line of duty. In October 2001, during a traffic stop, he was shot in his forehead at close range by a driver. Despite suffering extensive injuries, he survived the shooting and returned to duty as a detective in juvenile investigations before retiring in August of 2004.
In their first year, the Cary Chapter Board chose to sponsor an Officer of the Year award in honor of retired Detective Almond. The “Officer of the Year” award, which is presented to a new officer each year, recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of leadership, community service, mentoring, excellence in performance and valor.
The 9th Annual PBA Banquet
This year’s banquet, held at Cypress Manor in Cary, will feature a live auction to raise funds for the Police Benevolent Foundation. A dinner and the awards banquet will be held after the auction followed by live music provided by Baileys Comet, a local band and community favorite.
Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for this event, and Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice Robert ‘Bob’ Edmunds Jr. will serve as the Keynote Speaker. Randy Byrd, Cary Chapter and North Carolina Division President of PBA, states that:
The Cary chapter has been very committed to this project since its inception. This annual event has been a phenomenal success and speaks volumes to the respect that George Almond has with fellow officers and the community he once served. In creating this award we wanted to ensure that George’s sacrifice for the citizens of the Town of Cary is never forgotten, while at the same time recognizing exemplary performance by those following in his footsteps.
9th Annual PBA Awards Banquet, Cary Chapter
Saturday, March 7, 2015
at Cypress Manor, 1040 Buck Jones Road, Cary
Live Auction: 6-7:30 pm
Dinner & Awards Banquet: 7:30-9 pm
Live Music: 9-10:30 pm
Photo from the NC Division of the PBA.