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Hometown News: Local Optimist Club honors Forsyth County corporal
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Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Cpl. Jenny Belafi was presented a Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club appreciation plaque by the club's "Respect for Law" committee chair Judy Wernik, shown with Forsyth County Chief Deputy Grady Sanford.

The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club honored Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office’s Cpl. Jenny Belafi at the club’s Respect for Law program.

Honoring law enforcement officials is one of a variety of Optimist programs to bring out the best in youth and communities. It is an Optimist Club tenant to inspire respect for law enforcement among young people and to educate them on the vital jobs of law enforcement men and women.

Cpl. Belafi was presented a plaque with the inscription: “For your outstanding contributions to the youth of Forsyth County.”

Belafi is a certified crisis negotiator, field training officer and public information officer. She does neighborhood watches, women’s self-defense, and S.A.L.T.

Belafi graduated from Forsyth Central High School and North Georgia College with a degree in criminal justice. Previously, she worked for the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Jenny is an important member of the Sheriff’s Office team,” commented Chief Deputy Grady Sanford following the presentation. “Through our Community Relations Unit, she leads the way in teaching our community how to stay safe and how to protect themselves. All applaud her hard work and dedication.  No one is more deserving of this award than Jenny.”

“The dedicated and brave men and women in the Sheriff’s Department are one of the reasons Forsyth County is such a great community,” added club president Brenda Basey. “We are grateful and proud to honor Cpl. Belafi, and representing everyone in Sheriff Freeman’s department.”

The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club meets the first and third Thursday evenings of each month. For information about Optimists, contact Brenda, bsbasey@comcast.net.