One local sheriff’s office takes a moment to acknowledge the amazing work and service performed by ordinary citizen volunteers. The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office recognizes volunteers at its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner awards ceremony. Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson says the certificates are awarded to the volunteers in recognition of their actions that aid the effectiveness of the Sheriff’s Office. He adds that this is a difficult, dangerous job and the actions of the volunteers speak volumes of their quality of character. Volunteers work both in the sheriff’s office and at the jail in the jail ministry. The event, held at the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office is meant to honor those volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty. Volunteer Russ Simpkins has been a volunteer for four years. He says he is especially driven to volunteer because he has been able to see the transformation of inmates who have been touched by his care. He says his mission is to continue to volunteer and share the love of Jesus Christ. Sheriff Amerson says it takes individual and collaborative efforts to serve the needs of Calhoun County communities. The awards dinner is an opportunity to formally recognize these efforts.