From Lisa Landes, WoodmenLife Representative:
"WoodmenLife and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize Deputy Leon Goodin for his commitment to our community for the month of September!
Sometimes all you need is a little bit of encouragement, that would be Deputy Goodin's story!
Deputy Goodin actually came to Franklin County after working in Martinsville for about 33 years and during our conversation he told me how it all began. There was a retired Chief of Police, by the name of Emory Bolejack, that told Goodin, "I believe in you-you can do this" and encouraged Goodin to join. So when Goodin turned 21 he applied and started his career where he ended up being a patrol lieutenant. For him though it wasn't just a career he truly believed in "helping and serving". "It was a rewarding and challenging job that allowed me to help others".
Then he retired from Martinsville and came to us, in Franklin County. Well, most people's stories during retirement go toward a path of golf, relaxing mornings, getting up and kicking it around until your day begins with a project. But not Deputy Leon, nope, he joined the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and helped implement the security system, making our courthouse safe and secure. Yes, I can hear you, you think that is where this story ends, with Deputy Goodin getting to retire and slow down and take it easy, but NO! Deputy Leon, continues to work with the Sheriff's Office as the Transportation Officer, where he continues to help and do what needs to be done to protect and serve our community of Franklin County.
Chief Bolejack saw it, Sheriff Overton has seen it, others who have worked with Deputy Goodin can witness and in talking with him I heard it. His pride, his love of others, a job well done and the commitment he has to each and every person that he comes in contact with. All it took was a little bit of encouragement and he has shined in the experience and his commitment continues on. I think Chief Bolejack, was right "You CAN DO THIS"!
On behalf of myself and WoodmenLife, thank you Deputy Goodin for all that you do in making our community be a better place."
Pictured L - R: Deputy Leon Goodin and Sheriff's Office Community Outreach Coordinator, Deputy H. L. Nolen