by Lisa Tome
When Officer Dallas Herbert received a text message from his boss recently ordering him to the town meeting room, Herbert assumed the crowd was unruly.
Instead, Herbert took a seat as directed by Chief Chip Peterson, and minutes later, the surprised officer received a Senatorial Citation from Senator Wayne Norman.
Since he was hired by the town, Officer Herbert has been committed to keeping children safe from unlocked guns.
RSPD distributes free gun locks and is also an official member of Project Child Safe. Project Child Safe is a nonprofit committed to promoting firearms safety as well as distributing safety items and promoting firearm safety education.
Herbert also got Rising Sun listed as a location and law enforcement partner for Project Child Safe.
The town is the only local site listed with the organization. Herbert said he has also reached out to local businesses asking them to place signs advertising that free gun locks are available.
"I want to thank you guys," Herbert told those assembled for the town meeting.
Chief Peterson also told the crowd that Herbert was unaware that he was receiving the award and that the chief tricked him into collecting the award.
"I assumed it was an emergency," said Herbert.
Herbert said he has long been involved with firearms safety. Before he was hired in Rising Sun, while serving other towns, he was involved with the organization.
"This is something I'm interested in. It's a good project. I like guns myself and I think gun safety is important. There are a lot of firearms in Cecil County and a lot of people here are interested in hunting," said Herbert.
Senator Wayne Norman is in session in Annapolis and was not able to personally present the award.