Retired Whitley County police man receives awards decades after service

By: Laura Beranek Email
By: Laura Beranek Email
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WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) Retired Whitley County Sheriff's Deputy and former Williamsburg Police Chief, Russell Jones, recently received several awards.

Thursday afternoon at the Whitley County Courthouse, law enforcement officers presented Jones with the Purple Heart, the Medal of Honor, and a cooperation award from the Kentucky State Police.

His wife, Margaret, was with him in 1981 when he had to use deadly force when an armed man came to a concert.

"It was a horrible experience for me," she said.

Police say the man shot on-duty Jones in the leg.

"Then when he (Jones) shot him, he reached up and grabbed the individuals gun and completely took control of the situation." said Whitley County Sheriff's Colan Harrell.

"You have a lot of stuff over the years that stick out in your mind," said Jones, "But this incident right here will always be in your mind."

"He saved a lot of lives that night," said Margaret, "He really did. I'm very proud of my husband."

Thirty three years later, Russell now has something to show for that deed.

"Those awards mean a lot," he said, "They represent a lot especially in the law enforcement community. And they are an honor to receive."

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