The Valdosta Police Department and court personnel came together for an Awards Ceremony honoring outstanding achievement.
The police chief gave five officers special awards, including the Purple Heart, Top Gun and a Service honor.
Many of these officers are recognized for making sacrifices in the line of duty.
"It's one of the most honorable things I could be asked to do," says Vernotis Williams, who received the 20 Year Service and Lifesaving Award. "I enjoy my job, I enjoy working. I love the people of Valdosta. So, to serve them, to work for them, to help them, is something I just want to do."
There were 10 murders in Valdosta last year. One remains unsolved.