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Crime Stoppers 2020 awards presented

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A crowd of 100-plus was on hand Jan. 16 at the Knights of Columbus Hall for the announcement of the Grimes County Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year, the winner of the first-ever Meritorious Service Award, and presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to a very surprised recipient.

Officer of the Year

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper DeAndre Mitchell Burns was named Officer of the Year for 2020. Burns’ nominator described him as “a go-getter who desires to enhance his knowledge to better serve the citizens of Grimes County.” Burns also volunteered for riot teams during protests, and the George Floyd funeral and memorial. In addition to assisting other agencies with warrant roundups, Burns filed 22 DWI and 29 possession of marijuana/controlled substance cases, performed 179 crash investigations, 347 agency and motorists assists and made 1,468 traffic stops.

Meritorious Service

Grimes County Sheriff’s Office Administrative Assistant, Lisa Bates, was moved to tears when presented with the Meritorious Service award by outgoing GCCS president, Bob Goldstein.

Bates’ nominator described her as “the glue that held the department together during the pandemic,” praised her “soul warming” smile, and said Bates never complained despite new and unusual responsibilities due to Covid-19.

Lifetime Achievement

surprises of the evening was that of the Lifetime Achievement Award winner, County Court at Law Judge Tuck McLain who was honored for his 30-plus years of service to Grimes County.

When accepting the award presented by 506th District Court Judge Gary Chaney and Goldstein, McLain shook his head in disbelief because he thought he was presenting an award to someone else.

McLain took his first job as an attorney in 1987 with Brazos County, and began his long career in Grimes County in August 1989 as an Assistant District Attorney. He became DA in July 1995 and served in that capacity for 22 years until his appointment to the County Court at Law in October 2017.

Many working in Grimes County law enforcement today have been mentored by McLain and have a deep love and respect for him. McLain has also impacted lives by example in his personal life.

Rounding out the presentation was a chorus of “Happy Birthday” in recognition of McLain’s 60th birthday.