• Photo by Roxanne Thompson/The Mexia News
    Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson presents a $600 check to County Judge Daniel Burkeen at commissioners court’s June 13 meeting. The money was donated by Jimmy and Christine White to buy a bullet-proof vest for the Sheriff’s Office. Seated at front are Commissioner Pct. 2 W.A. ‘Sonny’ Baker, left, and Commissioner Pct. 1 John McCarver.

Out of town land owners donate for bullet-proof vest

By Roxanne Thompson, Staff Writer

A couple in Mexico, Jimmy and Christine White, who own land in Groesbeck, have contributed toward making life safer in Limestone County by making a donation to buy a bullet-proof vest for a county deputy.

Sheriff’s Office Patrol Capt. Lee Cox brought to commissioners court’s June 13 meeting a $600 check the Whites had contributed to the Sheriff’s Office so the commissioners could accept it for the record, which is required of all monetary donations.

Sheriff Dennis Wilson expressed his pleasure and gratitude for the donation.

“Thank you very much; we appreciate that,” he said. “We always appreciate the support from the public.”

Wilson credited First United Methodist Church, Thornton, for originating the trend of donating toward bullet-proof vests for county deputies; and inspiring others to do the same.

“I just go back and remind you,” Wilson said, “that this donation program started with a little country church in Thornton, Texas, very small in number, that wanted to stand up and make a vocal stand about protecting the employees at the Sheriff’s Office, particularly the guys in the field.”

At that point, Commissioner Pct. 4 Bobby Forrest, who is a real estate agent, told how people living in another country were motivated to make the donation.

“You talk about one thing leading to another, they read about that in the paper,” Forrest said. “They actually live in Mexico, and they bought a piece of property from me out in Riverview Addition. They called me on the phone and said, ‘We see in the paper. Who do we call?’”

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