Porter named Quincy Officer of the Year

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By Alice Du Pont

Last year was very eventful for Sgt. Stephen Porter of the Quincy Police Department. The 26-year veteran foiled a robbery at the Chattahoochee Subway and apprehended the suspect on his day off, helped deliver a baby and performed CPR on the infant, saving its life, and made the second highest number of drug arrests in the city.

On Jan. 12, during the regular meeting of the Quincy City Commission, Porter was named Quincy's Officer of the Year. In May he will compete with officers from throughout the county for the title of Law Enforcement Officer of the Year at an event sponsored annually by Gadsden County's civic organizations.

"I had no clue that my fellow officers had nominated me. I was very surprised. This is the first time I have ever been nominated," Porter said.

As a night shift supervisor for the past 3 years, Porter said he and other officers face a unique set of challenges. There are more drugs, more guns and numerous burglaries that occur on the night shift.

"My officers have been really good this year. We have been able to take five guns off kids walking the streets. We were the top in DUI and drug arrests in the department," he said.

"I'm proud of Sgt. Porter, who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty this year," said Chief Ferman Richardson.

Porter said he is especially proud of the honor because of the caliber of work that has come from fellow officers this year.

"We have a great team of officers here at the department. I know that no one individual can accomplish everything. We have team work here," he said.

He recounted one individual accomplishment when he and his family went to Subway for a sandwich on Saturday afternoon earlier this year. Not in uniform and with no weapon, Porter encountered a robbery in progress. As several employees ran out of the store, screaming they had been robbed, Porter spotted the suspect and eventually subdued him until Chattahoochee officers arrived.

"I guess my instincts just kicked in because I had to gun, no nothing. The man didn't know that when he pushed my knuckle in his back after I told him I was a police office. Then I told him that if he moved I would blow his brains out," he said, laughing about the statement now.

Mayor Andy Gay congratulated Porter on a "job well done." He thanked him for his service and dedication to the city. He said public servants such as Porter keep Quincy a safe and desirable place to live.

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