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Albany Marine recognized as 'Policeman of the Year'

By Lance Cpl Kevin J. Ridlon | | March 11, 2004

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Sgt. Kyle Holdmann, K-9 unit, Provost Marshal's Office, received an award from the Exchange Club of Albany for being one of the area's Police Officers of the Year.

On Jan. 13, Holdmann was invited to the Exchange Club for a banquet and to be honored for the work he has accomplished being a police officer.

"Every year we take great pride in honoring a law enforcement officer of the year from each of our local law enforcement agencies," said H. Forrest Russell III, Probation Officer, State of Georgia Albany Probation Office.

Russell went on to say that each year officers are honored from the Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Police Department, Dougherty County Sheriff's Department, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division, Georgia State Patrol and the United States Marine Corps Provost Marshal's Office.

"I was picked for the Police Officer of the Year Award after going through a board," Holdmann said. "I went up against many other people for this honor."

This ceremony is held every year on the second Friday in February at the Exchange Club of Albany's clubhouse, which is located at the Southwest Georgia Fairgrounds.

Each of the winners receives a plaque honoring them as the years Exchange Club of Albany's law enforcement officer of the year and a check for fifty dollars.

"Law enforcement officers provide a great service to this community with too few rewards," Russell said. "Their hard work and sacrifice goes greatly unnoticed."

Russell added that it is our honor to be able to present this award every year to these men and women, tell them how much we appreciate them and to thank them for making our community a safer place.

"It is nice to get this honor," Holdmann said. "I am just doing my job. I enjoy doing what I do."

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