Officer of the Year Award
The Jackson Exchange Club honored one of Jackson’s finest with their Officer of the Year award, Tuesday. Patrolman Mark Headen received the award, recognizing him for, not only his decade of service, but his extreme courage when he was shot in the line of duty last September. Officer Headen was shot in the arm while wrestling with a burglary suspect outside of the Old Country Store. He is commended for continuing to fight to get the suspect in custody even after being shot. “It’s very humbling. I mean, people think this much of me and, I mean, I know past recipients of this and I held them in very high regard and now here I am equal to them, so I appreciate it very much,” Mark Headen, Officer of the Year. After presenting Headen with the award, Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist read a proclamation designating Tuesday, May 10, 2011 as “Mark Headen Day” in Jackson.