The Wilson County Commission honored longtime employees, athletes and emergency responders Monday during its monthly meeting.
The group honored outgoing James E. Ward Ag Center director Larry Tomlinson, Wilson County Building Inspector director Bobby Sloan, the Friendship Christian School Commanders state champion football team and Wilson County Sheriff Dep. Edward W. Anderson, Cpl. Christopher D. Bradenburg and Lt. Eric T. Rollins.
Tomlinson announced his intentions to retire in January earlier this year after 17 years as the center’s director.
“He is just so knowledgeable and so kind to everybody. I have called Larry all times of day and night, and he has never not spoke to me and answered every question I’ve ever asked,” Commissioner Sonja Robinson said.
“Anything that we accomplished at the Ward Ag Center over the last 17, 18 years is not because of Larry Tomlinson. It’s because of the good help I’ve had working for me and the people that were dedicated and believed in me and what we tried to do,” Tomlinson said.
Sloan spent 22 years at the Wilson County Building Inspector’s office, serving as director since 2009.
Sloan also served as Wilson County Commissioners from 1986-2002, and was chairman of the education and public works committees, as well as a member of the road, rules, urban type facilities and Ag management committees.
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto wished both men good luck with their retirements, adding their cast knowledge in their respective positions would be missed.
Anderson, Bradenburg and Rollins assisted in the pursuit of an armed individual who made death threats.
The trio provided assistance with lifesaving techniques on the individual, stabilizing his condition for LifeFlight transportation while assisting in preserving a complex crime scene.
The group’s response was critical in protecting the lives of citizens and fellow officers in Wilson, Trousdale and Sumner counties.
“They risked their lives to save lives and that’s what its all about,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said.
The Commanders capped off a perfect season earlier this month with a 34-10 win against Donelson Christian in the BlueCross Bowl at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Field.
Friendship’s third state championship since 2011 marked the first perfect season by a Wilson County team during the playoff era, which kicked off in 1969.
“I don’t care how good you are, it’s just tough to do,” said Commander coach John McNeal, whose previous closest brush to going wire to wire came in 2006 when 14-0 FCS lost to Jackson Christian in the BlueCross Bowl then held in Murfreesboro.