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Walton County recently gained its first corrections officer named as the Florida Sheriff’s Association Corrections Officer of the Year. With around a year and a half of experience working at the Walton County Jail, Walton resident Thomas Corbett credited his faith, dedication and colleagues for his achievement. “It feels good on one part to know that I have made an impact on somebody else’s life, but at the same time, I feel like it’s our job,” Corbett said, and added it’s always been a dream of his to work in law enforcement. He said that throughout the 67 counties in Florida, a corrections officer was nominated from each for the award most go their whole career without. Requirements for nomination included being put in a situation where a life was saved and making an outstanding effort at your position, Corbett said. While at a restaurant in Chipley, Corbett saved a young boy from choking. His deeds extended to an Alabama shooting where as a bystander, he and a National Guardsman provided CPR and medical help to a victim until paramedics arrived.

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