In honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation month, law enforcement officers received a big thank you from the Brownwood community Friday.
From highway patrol to lake patrol officers, to the Sheriff and police department, many law enforcement agencies were invited to the Brownwood Country Club, where Brownwood's Chamber of Commerce hosted the lunch and ceremony.
All of the meals for the law enforcement officers were paid for by business or community members. More than 30 organizations and companies sponsored the luncheon.
The purpose of the event was to show appreciation for those who protect the community every day.
"It's really important to make the law enforcement know that the community appreciate them and the work that they do," Chamber of Commerce marketing manager Ray Tipton said. "We appreciate the work they do and the sacrifices they make."
Brownwood Chief of Police Mike Corley said being in his field has often made him cynical due to the negative elements, but the community support and events like this one make his job worthwhile.
"An event like this is important because it is a reminder to us that the community is there for us. They have our back and they support us and they want to help us," Chief Corley said. "It is usually the simple moments that you remember the most, and those are the ones you talk about when you retire."
Chief Corley presented the Officer of the Year Award for the Brownwood Police Department to the department's former narcotics officer, Aaron Taylor. Several other officers from different agencies were recognized for their achievements as well.