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Tender law enforcement

Posted Thursday, February 28, 2008, at 3:42 PM

Capt. Becky Hord and baby girl.
I went to the Bedford County Sheriff's Department last night and saw a fine example of law enforcement too often overlooked amidst the flow of hard and violent crime.

Tender law enforcement often takes place and a prime example was taking place as I arrived.

Capt. Becky Hord, who is head of child abuse crimes in the department, was cuddling a tiny little girl just over a week old in her arms as she gently patted and talked softly to the baby.

The child's mother arrived only three or four minutes later. Becky gently handed the child over to her after a final few pats and soft words.

As the mother and her friends departed with the little child everyone could see the hint of tears in Becky's eyes.

Perhaps some of that was worry over the child going back and possibly being an innocent victim again.

Most of all it was sheer love of a little child being reflected in that hint of tears. I've seen it several times over the years.

Capt. Hord is known as a law enforcement officer who is extremely tough on anyone who abuses a child in any way and extremely tender and loving to the children.

As I drove back home the surging price of oil and the economy, ranting and raving of political opponents and things as trivial as the outcome of a sports event seemed unimportant.

Our world, if only for a few minutes, seemed a better place.

Thank you, Becky!

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Yes, thank you Becky! Despite the bad names they get some times there are MANY MANY of our local law enforcement that are very tender hearted.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 3:47 PM

Becky Hord for Sheriff... She has my vote...

-- Posted by Lower Taxes Please on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 4:50 PM

God bless you,Becky.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 7:02 PM

My son attends school with Becky's son, Ricky. He is a very well mannered young man and her influence on him is very evident. Bedford County is lucky to have Capt. Hord!

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 7:07 PM

I have ALWAYS admired Becky for her dedication to the community... Starting back during the days of D.A.R.E.

We thank you, and all those who do have a kind heart and not only enforce the law, but go above and beyond the call of duty. Much respect and love :)

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Feb 28, 2008, at 7:28 PM

We have thanked Becky many times for her service to our community and am pleased to do it again. Thanks Becky.

Also thanks to Bo for bringing this up on our blogs. It was a great entry!

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Mar 1, 2008, at 10:08 AM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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