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Hillview honors Barrow for recognition of work

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By Stephen Thomas

 HILLVIEW - Each day Officer James Barrow just does his duty.

A member of the Hillview Police Department, Barrow was surprised to learn that he received an award for his efforts.

Barrow is a recipient of the inaugural Governor’s Occupant Protection Enforcement Award, sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

The award recognizes the top officer in various state departments distributing the most occupant protection citations in one year, including safety belt and child restraint issues.

“I didn’t even know this award existed,” said Barrow. “I was simply out doing my job.”

“(The award is) a way for this department to recognize an individual’s duties,” said HPD Maj. Ken Straughn. “Barrow takes his job seriously.”

Straughn credited Barrow as a productive officer who pays attention to detail while on duty, constantly running radar and assisting in criminal investigations.

“He takes an initiative,” said Straughn. “He gets a lot of things done.”

Barrow brings seven years of police experience to the job, over two years with HPD. He also served with the Strathmoor Village and Audubon Park police departments in Jefferson County.

“This was the first time I was recognized in seven years for doing my job,” said Barrow. “This was a real honor.”

  Other local officers receiving the 2011 Governor’s Occupant Protection Award include Mt. Washington Police Ofc. Casey Clark and Dep. John Fowler with the Bullitt County Sheriffs Office.

The officers were invited to a state dinner in Lexington featuring University of Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart as the guest speaker.