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Marshal's Office takes national honor

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Local law enforcement is bringing home top honors from a national challenge. News Leader Nine found how the small Muscogee County Marshal's Office is showing big heart when it comes to safety.

"We appreciate everyone's support and we just want to save lives," said Captain Curtis Lockette with the Muscogee County Marshal's Office.

The Muscogee County Marshal's Office is being nationally recognized for saving lives with their seat belt campaigns, safety checks and traffic reports.

"The people here in the Marshal's Office serve the people of Columbus. What we're doing is protecting people living in our city and travel our roadways and we say one life saved is worth it to us," said Lockette.

The Marshals beat out more than 530 agencies in the U.S. and Canada to win first place in a National Law Enforcement Challenge.

Marshal Greg Countryman told News Leader Nine, "This shows the hard work and dedication with all folks do in the Marshal's office and I'm very proud of the men and women here. They've done an outstanding job."      

The 17 sworn officials in Muscogee County went up against agencies that had nearly 500 people in their organization.

"It's not about showing off, it's about them going into this blind. We had no idea that we were going up against such a large agency, but to place is a great feat in itself," said Countryman.

Lockette added, "They can do al whole lot more and they can do the whole state and we only operate here in Columbus. That's the biggest difference, overcoming those obstacles. Our hearts are great, our hearts are set on the citizens of Columbus and we've done a great job protecting them so that's what makes us different."

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety recognized the Marshal's on Monday, but the official award ceremony will be held October 6th in Denver, Colorado.

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