The Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce took time last week to recognize the community's finest as it held a special Networking at Lunch event to honor the top police officers and firemen in the county.

The event, held Thursday, Sept. 14, included the presentation of awards for the officers and firemen of the year for their respective agencies.

Deputy Marvin Clay Thompson took home the award for Officer of the Year for the Catoosa County Sheriff's Department, Assistant Chief Chad Cardin for the Ringgold Police Department, and Lt. John McGrath for the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department. On the fire and rescue front, Lt. Chris McCormack was named Fireman of the Year for the Catoosa County Fire Department, while Terry W. Warnix was honored with the same award for the Fort Oglethorpe Fire Department.

"It was a great event," said Amy Jackson, membership coordinator for the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce. "Congratulations to the police officer and firefighter honorees who were recognized. Each was presented with a plaque from the Chamber and a gift box, which included a $100 gift card from Bojangles of Fort Oglethorpe."

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.