WOODMENLIFE AWARD GOES TO CAPTAIN HOLLAND
Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Ken Holland was recognized by WoodmenLife for his commitment to the Franklin County community. Holland, who retired at the end of September, has been a part of the Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office for two and a half decades. A formal retirement celebration will be held at a later date. Congratulations Ken on a well-respected career. Pictured are Captain Holland and Sheriff Bill Overton.
There are so many things you can do to reduce the chances of a home fire: owning operational smoke detectors, kitchen fire extinguisher, and removing flammable items from flame sources just to name a few. Also, create a fire escape plan that everyone in the household understands and practices. www.redcross.org is a good website for helpful tips on this and other emergency safety subjects.
The Office of the Sheriff shared a Virginia Department of Health message where they are offering free rapid, at home COVID-19 Test Kits.
OCTOBER WAS CRIME PREVENTION MONTH
We want all our residents to be alert. The month of October has been designated by the National Crime Prevention Council as “Crime Prevention Month” since 1984. Throughout the month, the Office of the Sheriff will be posting tips on how you can help prevent crime and keep our communities safe!
OCTOBER WAS ALSO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MONTH
In 2021, there were 7,388 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes, up from 6,565 pedestrian fatalities in 2020. In 2021, there were an estimated 60,577 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes, up from 54,771 pedestrians injured in 2020. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 71 minutes and injured every 9 minutes in traffic crashes in 2021.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reminded motorists morning fog on our roadways is more prominent now. Fog related accidents in the month of October are numerous. Slow down, use your low beam headlights and put a greater distance between you and the vehicle in front.