By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Police Corporal Stewart Henderson was recognized for ten years of service to the community during the Town Council's Tuesday May 9th, meeting.
Police Chief Chris Spivey explained, "This officer really doesn't need any introduction because just about everyone knows who he is." He asked children that attend Carolina Beach Elementary School to stand during the meeting.
Spivey explained, "For everybody here... this is who this officer protects and serves primarily. He's our School Resource Officer (SRO). His name is Stewart Henderson, also affectionately known as Officer Stewie or Officer Stewart. He's a Corporal with us. Ten years of great service and marked by the dedication to the school, the parents, teachers and of course the students."
Spivey explained, "Stewart spends a lot of his extra time away from duty with the students and also follows some of our students up to the junior high and high school level, volunteering his time for sporting events and coordinating up there with SRO's. Not to keep tabs but to make sure the people he's invested his elementary school years with are still doing well."
Henderson was awarded with a certificate of appreciation for his years of service.
Mayor Dan Wilcox said, "Thank you Officer Henderson for everything you do for the community, the children, the school; we really appreciate it."
In February of 2016, Spivey explained, "The Carolina Beach Police Department has a unique opportunity to provide a full time police officer to be the School Resource Officer at Carolina Beach Elementary School. Corporal Henderson volunteered for the assignment in 2013 and has surpassed any expectation of what that position would encompass. Cpl. Henderson not only serves as the SRO, but also handles the computers, cameras and phones for our entire department. Cpl. Henderson provides educational tours of the station and answers all law enforcement related questions for the Girl Scout and Boy Scout organizations in our area. Cpl. Henderson organizes the National Night Out event every August and continues to strengthen its success by incorporating participation from other agencies by expanding it outside the borders of Carolina Beach."
He explained, "In 2015, Cpl. Henderson was instrumental in re-establishing the Bicycle Rodeo Event. This is a free event for children by way of sponsor-ships and donations by providing helmets, bicycles and bicycle safety education. The Bicycle Rodeo committed he formed was able to raise $20,000."