HAZARD — A Hazard police officer is credited with going above and beyond the call to bring comfort to a distraught child during the Black Gold Festival.
Hazard Police Department (HPD) say last weekend, during the Black Gold Festival, a witness posted on social media of a parent arrested for intoxication at the carnival; their child was standing in line for a ride during the ordeal.
The child became distraught and started crying, HPD says. HPD Officer Jessica Cornett was assigned to keep the child company until social services arrived.
Instead of placing the child into her police cruiser or taking her to the police station, HPD say Officer Cornett decided to accompany the child around the carnival. Officer Cornet took the child to each ride; she also rode the carnival rides with the child.
HPD Chief Minor Allen had this to say after learning of Officer Cornett’s kindness, “I’m very proud of the men and women of the Hazard Police Department. They never cease to amaze me. I’ve always told them to do the right thing and police with their hearts. They’ve never let me down.”
The Facebook post of the story has reached nearly 700 shares and viewed 82,000 times.
During the monthly commissioners meeting Monday night, Hazard Mayor Jimmy Lindon requested the attendance of Officer Cornett. Chief Allen presented Officer Cornett with the Meritorious Service Award.
Mayor Lindon recognized Officer Cornett during the meeting and presented her a gift card to a local restaurant.
In honor of Officer Cornett, City Manager Grady Varney announced a new imitative to recognize and reward city employees who go beyond the call.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.