Police and Fire Chiefs Honored with Awards
At the 2019 Annual Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) Conference in Chattanooga, Brentwood Police Chief Jeff Hughes received this year’s Joe Casey Award. The award was presented by TACP Past President and Retired Metro Nashville Police Chief Joe Casey in the company of police chiefs and dignitaries from across the state.
The top law enforcement honor is given annually in recognition of a Chief of Police who has distinguished himself in the TACP through their character, effort and dedication. It also exemplifies his involvement with local, county, state and federal organizations to promote and enhance the professional image of all law enforcement. The award is named for and annually presented by, retired Metro Nashville Police Chief Joe Casey, a seven-time past president of the TACP and past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Casey is not only an icon to the members of the TACP, but in national law enforcement as well.
"This year’s recipient is very deserving and meets all specifications of the award. A man I respect and admire," said Retired Chief Casey. "He has contributed much to the success of TACP and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. His service to all of law enforcement and especially TACP is exceptional. His career in law enforcement spans 36 years and he serves as an example to all of the members of this organization and the law enforcement profession as a gentlemen of unquestionable character and integrity," Chief Casey relayed to the crowd as he presented Chief Hughes with one of the most prestigious awards one can receive from the law enforcement community.
Chief Hughes has been a member of the TACP since 2006. He has been an active member of the TACP for nearly 10 years and previously served as TACP Treasurer and President. “Jeff Hughes is highly respected within the TACP, his community and profession. He is also well known by many of our state legislators as the TACP Legislative Chair. He does not hesitate to get involved and testifies as to the law enforcement process and the importance of safe communities across the state of Tennessee,” TACP Executive Director Maggi Duncan stated.
Brentwood Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief David Windrow was recently presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Annual Conference. Chief Windrow was recognized for his service as Chair of the Legislative Committee, which helped achieve one of the most successful legislative sessions in recent history.
The Barry Brady Act, which is a bill that will provide financial benefits to firefighters diagnosed with certain cancers, was passed along with other bills to enhance the powers of county fire investigators, certification for electrical inspectors, provide 25-year retirement for police and fire personnel, create additional grant opportunities for volunteer fire departments, permanent funding for the State Firefighter Memorial in Bell Buckle, and a 25% increase in the training salary supplement.
Brentwood Fire Chief and Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association President Brian Goss presented the award to Chief Windrow and said, "while he would be the first to tell you that countless others played a role in their passage, his representation of the Association and its members was tireless and unrelenting."
Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said, “Congratulations to both Chief Hughes and Deputy Chief Windrow on their very well-deserved awards. We are very proud of these dedicated public servants and the work they do every day on behalf of Brentwood and the state. They are both great mentors for our younger law enforcement officers and firefighters.”