Resident News Owner/Publisher Jason Baggett and Editor Tammy Teague presented the 2020 Media Awards on Thursday, March 4 and Monday, March 8.
The recipients were Waldron Police Department’s Detective Horacio Gonzalez and Huntington Police Chief Stacy Wieburg.
“This award is only a symbol of our appreciation for you and the work you do for our community,” Teague stated. “We value the relationship between the press and law enforcement. Today we honor you for your dedication and outstanding efforts to ensure that the information we provide our readers is accurate.”
Gonzalez, who was hired by current Waldron Mayor David Millard, has been with the department since 2016. He has outstanding rapport with the community and is well-respected by his constituents. “It is unheard of for an officer to make an arrest, and have that individual later come to their aid. That is simply the kind of officer Gonzalez is…He always has time to make sure the information I have is accurate and true. I’ve called him on vacations and plenty of his days off. His response to me, after I apologized profusely, was the same. ‘Call or text me anytime!”
Wieburg has served as Chief of Police in the City of Huntington since 2019. “We appreciate all that you do for Resident Press,” shared Baggett. “We are thankful for the relationship that we have fostered throughout the years, and the assistance you have provided to us. Without it, we cannot provide our readers with relevant and factual information.” Wieburg, who got his start in law enforcement in Huntington as a reserve officer, has worked hard over the past several years to continue building the department while fostering community relations.
Thank you both for the work you do and the difference you make!