Five Rutherford County sheriff’s office deputies who worked overtime to help prevent traffic fatalities and injuries in 2019 received Community Service Awards from Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh.
Deputies earning the award were: Deputy William Travis, Deputy Austin Watson, Deputy Jacob Beu, Deputy Tyler Stewart and Cpl. Kyle Frazier.
Sgt. Michael Rodgers, who recommended the awards, said 39 people lost their lives in traffic fatalities and 239 people suffered serious injuries from traffic crashes in 2018.
To try to decrease the high number of deaths and injuries, the Sheriff’s Office participated in DUI checkpoints, worked overtime to patrol for impaired drivers and conducted traffic safety-related events in 2019.
The five deputies worked a combined 475 hours on overtime by enforcing traffic laws on the highways, roads and interstates in the county. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office provided grant funds to pay most of the overtime for the enforcement.
Twenty-nine people died in Rutherford County traffic crashes in 2019, 10 less fatalities than the previous year. Injuries decreased to 216, 23 less injuries than the previous year.