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North Lamar’s Joe Tuttle celebrates 40 years as a peace officer

North Lamar Police Department Officer Joe Tuttle celebrated his 40th anniversary as a peace officer on Friday with a surprise reception at Aaron Parker Elementary on Friday.  Also known as “Jolene” or “Officer Pappaw,” Joe has become a beloved member of the Aaron Parker family.

Joe became a state-certified licensed Reserve officer for the city of Paris Police Department in December 1981.  In 1982, he became a dispatcher for the Paris PD before signing on as a full-time peace officer for the Police Department, graduating from the East Texas Police Academy in May 1985. He worked for the Paris PD until 1993 when he moved to the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department. In July 2017, he retired from the Sheriff’s office and came to work for the North Lamar Police Department.

At Parker, Joe can often be found going above and beyond to serve the teachers and students.  From answering the phone to working the doors to helping students out of the car in the morning, to even helping the teachers hang items in their classrooms, Joe’s calm presence has become something the teachers at Parker look forward to seeing every day.

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