: Belle Meade Police Chief Tim Eads (left). Officer Norm Shelton. Officer Dennis Goins. Sgt John Carter. Detective Tom Sexton with St. George’s Sr. Asst. Rector Chris Bowhay. Officer Dee Howell was not present for the picture.
Police honored: Chief Tim Eads brought his entire Belle Meade police force to St. George’s last Sunday for a special blessing and recognition ceremony during services at the church. St. George’s is close by the Belle Meade City Hall on Harding Pike.
Sr. Asst. Rector Chris Bowhay said, “This week, with the Boston Bombings, has made us all aware of the service and care these fine men and women peace officers give us.” Rev. Bowhay led the congregation in congregation in prayers for the health and safety of the officers.
“We celebrate the birthday of St. George as we commend the officers of public peace and law enforcement to Angelic protection as First Responders as they defend us with heavenly grace and their courage to face perils,” Rev. Bowhay said.
Art historian Donia Dickerson noted, “In the history of Church of England, St. George is known for slaying an evil dragon to save a maiden in peril. She then ran back to her village to tell the tale, turning her neighboring villagers to Christianity.”
This statue of St. George slaying the dragon stands in front of St. George’s Episcopal Church.
She pointed out, “We have a beautiful statute and bas relief of St. George and the maiden in our St. George’s church courtyard. In the front of the church, we also have a beautiful statue of St. George slaying the dragon. This sculpture is a very, very powerful example of the strength of St. George who protects us all, along with our wonderful police officers.” Mrs. Dickerson, daughter of music great Francis Craig, gave the St. George sculpture to the church.
Chief Tim Eads responded on behalf of his officers, saying, “We appreciate the church honoring us today.”
Television picture of Rev. Chris Bowhay honoring the Belle Meade police officers during April 21 St. George’s Church service..
Boulevard Bolt: Can we expect changes in the security for the 2013 Boulevard Bolt that St. George’s Episcopal Church, Immanuel Baptist Church and The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom will sponsor together on Thanksgiving Day?
Chief Tim Eads said, in response to a question, “I’m sure there’ll be stepped up Boulevard Bolt security. We have already started looking at some plans making sure we have extra security on hand. Last year, the churches incorporated some additional help from CSC, (a private security firm). When you go to a Titan’s game, those are the folks wearing the yellow jackets.”
He continued, “We will have a radio contact at every road and some of the little side streets
not just at the the police barricades. Also, we’ll have a unified command post. Really, that’s the one biggest improvement that we plan. There will be some other things the Belle Meade police will take into consideration to help the Metro police and the additional security agents.”
Have there been past security problems with Bolt? The Chief said, “Other than an errant car or two trying to get in, folks maybe falling down and other such accidents, there have never been intentional disturbances at the Boulevard Bolt.”