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Gallagher, Hunter named Law Enforcement Officers of the Year.

Alexandria Police Officer Sean Gallagher and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Jeffrey Hunter, center, with Police Chief Michael Brown and Undersheriff Tim Gleeson following the presentation of the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards March 13 at the American Legion Post 24 in Old Town.

Alexandria Police Officer Sean Gallagher and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Jeffrey Hunter, center, with Police Chief Michael Brown and Undersheriff Tim Gleeson following the presentation of the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year awards March 13 at the American Legion Post 24 in Old Town. Photo by John Bordner/Gazette Packet

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Master Deputy Jeffrey Hunter, center, with fellow ASO officers following the presentation of the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award March 13 at the American Legion Post 24 in Old Town.

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APD Officer Sean Gallagher is congratulated on being named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year March 13 at the American Legion Post 24 in Old Town.

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World War II veteran Philip Lundeberg, seated, shakes hands with Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown following the March 13 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year presentation at the American Legion Post 24. Looking on is ASO Undersheriff Tim Gleeson.

Alexandria Police Officer Sean Gallagher and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Jeffrey Hunter were honored as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year March 13 by the American Legion Post 24 in Old Town. The public safety veterans were recognized for their service to the community as part of the American Legion’s Homeland Security Support Program.

“These two outstanding public safety professionals represent very well the dedicated men and women serving within our city’s law enforcement agencies,” said Post 24 Commander Doug Gurka. “I cannot thank them enough for what they do to keep our city safe and secure and I appreciate the opportunity to honor and recognize two of law enforcement’s finest.”

Gallagher and Hunter were recognized for exceptional service to the community with HSSP program chairman Michael Mixon citing several instances of heroism for each officer. Gallagher is a three-year APD veteran and Hunter, the first Sheriff’s Deputy on the scene of the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park, is a 25-year law enforcement veteran.

“The Post 24 HSSP was established in 2014 to raise awareness of and promote volunteer service to our local homeland security affiliated organizations,” Mixon said. “Those programs include the Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps, Volunteer Alexandria’s Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Program, the American Red Cross and others. On an annual basis, the Post 24 HSSP also recognizes outstanding public safety officers who serve our community.”

Police Chief Michael Brown and ASO Undersheriff Tim Gleeson joined family and friends in congratulating Gallagher and Hunter.

“It is truly a pleasure to recognize and honor two of Alexandria’s outstanding law enforcement officers,” added Mixon. “We salute you and thank you for your superb service to our community. You represent the very best in our city.”