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Award named for fallen deputy

SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - The city of Smiths Station is working to make sure fallen Deputy James Anderson's memory lives on by honoring the men and women who served with him.     

Fellow deputies in the Lee County Sheriff's Office chose Deputy Mike Conway as this year's outstanding deputy.

Deputy Conway has been a part of the Lee County Sheriff's Office for about 6 years.

His award is named in honor of fallen Deputy James Anderson who prosecutors say Gregory Henderson killed as he tried to drive through a traffic stop.

Deputy Conway served along with Deputy Anderson and describes him as a man who tried to help everyone.

"He will always be with the Sheriff's Office, but to receive an award that has a friend's name and [someone who was] a mentor and a brother in arms, it makes it a huge honor you just can't put a word or phrase to give the meaning behind it," said Conway.

Smiths Station Mayor LaFaye Dellinger explains the Anderson award helps show gratitude for the men and women who place themselves in harm's way to protect others.

"We have some fantastic officers, and this is just a way of recognition from the city showing our appreciation to them for the service that they give to us," said Dellinger.

Deputy Conway is the second deputy to receive the award.  Last year, the deputy who was with Anderson on the scene of the crime was given the award.

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