Cpl. D. Hopkins, a 25-year veteran of the NNSO and its Deputy of the Year, was honored by Knights of Columbus Council 5480 at its Public Safety Dinner on April 23, 2022.
“They put their lives on the line every day and we the citizens that benefit from their service want them to know their efforts are appreciated and supported,” the Council stated. “You answer the call whenever needed. You voluntarily choose to serve your community. By wearing the uniform, you represent a feeling of safety and peace. You also serve the community by performing safety and informational presentations in the community, including being always present during patriotic and celebration parades. Thank you for everything you do.”
After being introduced by Services Bureau Chief Major Hubbard, he was called forward. Cpl. Hopkins told the invited guests, “My personal motto is ‘happy to be here, proud to serve.’ I stand true to that every day I work.”
Hopkins is serving as a bailiff for Newport News Circuit Court. His knowledge, professionalism, compassion and positive attitude are recognized by those who have business in court. Judges rely on his expertise to keep order in the court.
He sets a standard of excellence outside the courtroom as well. He happily helps others, takes on additional duties, and works extra hours when needed. He is a mentor to younger deputies and is quick to make new deputies feel welcome.
He represents the agency at numerous community events each year and has become one of the recognizable faces of the sheriff’s office.
The KoC will donate $500 to Cpl. Hopkins’ charity of choice – the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. It was terrific to be back together for this event. COVID-19 had put a stop to the dinner for a couple of years.
View clip of Cpl. Hopkins receiving award HERE.