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Posted on: October 22, 2021

County of Franklin - External Agency Funding

New forms available for FY22-23 request. Please click the link below for the application and/or other documents recently uploaded to the site.

Thank you

https://www.franklincountyva.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=161

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

November 8, 2022 Special Election

NOW, THEREFORE, by joint action of the Judges of the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, it is hereby ORDERED that Walter Cooper Brown IV, be and is hereby appointed to fill the vacancy of the Commonwealth's Attorney until the qualified voters fills ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

Virginia Western Fall Classes Coming to The Franklin Center

Virginia Western Community College will be offering  classes at the Franklin Center for the Fall 2022 semester!  Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 and General Biology 1 will be offered as in-person accredited classes.  Anyone consi...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

New Franklin County Animal Shelter "Grand Opening"

    

The "Grand Opening" of the new $1.4 million, 6,000 sq ft facility will be Saturday, July 25, 2020 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The public is welcome to tour the facility, there will be a law enforcement K9 demonstration...

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Public Safety News
Posted on: March 13, 2020

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Franklin County residents are urged to practice healthy disease preventing practices including:

  • Washing hands often with soap
  • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Cleaning ...
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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Member Spotlight - July 2022

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Jen Cogar

Red Valley Rescue Squad ; Scruggs Fire/Rescue & Dive ; Burnt Chimney Fire

    Jen began her EMS journey in the Spring of 2021 after leaving the Sheriff’s Office as an Emergency Dispatcher. She joined Red Valley Rescue Squad, ...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 4, 2022

Member Spotlight - March 2022

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James Richards-Glade Hill Volunteer Fire Department

James has been a member of Glade Hill Volunteer Fire Department since 1996; he is currently a captain with Company 4.  James has been employed by Roanoke fire & EMS for 10 years and is curren...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 3, 2022

Member Spotlight - February 2022

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Jeff Echternach – Station 15

Jeff Echternach is a paramedic, fire instructor, and holds a variety of fire certifications.  He has a master’s degree in business and holds several data and IT related certifications. He grew up on...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: January 4, 2022

Member Spotlight - January 2022

Robin Davis

Last January, Robin had a very minor stroke, it made her realize how fortunate she was, but also that she needed to get out and start doing more.  She saw the information about an EMT class starting in May and felt that might be the thing for her...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - December 2021

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William Hoyt is currently the Assistant Chief at Scruggs Volunteer Fire & Rescue.  He says, “When I am not at the fire house, I work full-time as a Police Officer / Firefighter at the Roanoke Regional Airport.  I first join...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - November 2021

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My name is Rose Walker.  I have lived in Franklin County for 36 years.  I currently live in Ferrum with my husband, our 3 beautiful children, and our many pets.  My husband Scott is a member of Ferrum Volunteer Fire Department a...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: November 1, 2021

Member Spotlight - October 2021

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A career in Fire and EMS was not what Josh Beavers saw himself doing when he was 16 years old. This is what Josh had to say, “Fire and EMS chose me in 2005, actually, Mark Law chose me.  He would constantly talk to me about volunteering at Compan...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: September 7, 2021

Member Spotlight - September 2021

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Savannah Farris - Callaway Volunteer Rescue Squad

Savannah grew up in Callaway and always knew that she wanted to make a difference in her rural community.  She joined Callaway Volunteer Rescue Squad in 2019 during her sophomore year of college. &...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: August 19, 2021

Member Spotlight - August 2021

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Keith has been with Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department for 24 years. He is the Traffic/Security Officer for Franklin County Schools that you may see dancing and showing off his moves while directing traffic before and after school.  Keith says...

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Posted on: July 15, 2021

Member Spotlight - July 2021

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In 1976, David joined Fork Mountain Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Member.  He wanted to help his community in an area where there was a need.  As a volunteer firefighter,  he hoped his service would make a difference. &a...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Member Spotlight - June 2021

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“I was asked,  “What got me into EMS?”. The only answer that I was able to come up with is, “EMS  found me”.  My earlier career path had been business oriented,  not medical.  In 2013, I started volunteering in...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

Member Spotlight - May 2021

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For this month’s newsletter, the intention was to spotlight a member from our Chaplaincy Program. After reaching out to several members and each of them humbly declining with very similar replies like, “There are more providers worthy ...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Member Spotlight - April 2021

Jared Mandy

Jared is a Lifetime Member of Glade Hill Rescue Squad.  He is also a member of Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Company (Company 13), Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Squad (Squad 13), and Smith Mountain Lake Marine Fire Rescue. He has been with Company 13...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Member Spotlight - March 2021

Jonathan Custer

“Firefighting has always been in my blood,” says Jonathan. His grandfather was an original member of Callaway Volunteer Fire Department and helped construct the building in 1966.  His grandfather was his inspiration to become a firefighter.

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Member Spotlight - February 2021

Tyler McPherson

Tyler is 22 years old.  He has lived in Callaway all his life with his parents and 2 sisters. He joined the fire department around the same time he graduated from high school.  He said, “It was something I had wanted to do my e...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Member Spotlight - January 2021

Brett Mullins

Brett has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years with the exception of times when his children where young and when he was away for military enlistment.  He originally joined as a teenager for something to do that would occupy his time. That &...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: December 17, 2020

Member Spotlight - December 2020

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Ryan is currently the captain of the rescue division at Scruggs Fire and Rescue.  He serves with his wife Denise, who is the First Lieutenant of the rescue division. They have been married for 22 years and have 2 sons that are 20 and 16. &nbs...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - November 2020

Lynn Wray

Station 15 (Westlake)

Lynn was born and raised in Franklin County. He began volunteering at Franklin County Rescue Squad in 2001, partly influenced by the 9/11 attacks. He has always enjoyed helping others and wants to give back to the community. That oppo...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: October 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - October 2020

Odell Gray

Odell Gray - Ferrum Fire Department

Odell has lived in Franklin County the majority of his life. He graduated from Franklin County High School in 1985.  He attended VCU and Ferrum College, eventually graduating  from Ferrum.  Aft...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: September 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - September 2020

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Anna D. - Callaway Rescue Squad

Anna is 18 years old, she obtained her EMT-B certification while in high school. She graduated this year and is currently attending Virginia Western Community College to obtain a Health Sciences Degree. She plans to eventual...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: August 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - August 2020

Chris Esposito (FF/Paramedic)

Chris Esposito - Career Staff

Chris is a Firefighter/Paramedic for Franklin County Public Safety and also serves as a fill-in captain. He has worked for Public Safety since early 2013. Chris grew up in Danville, VA and moved to Franklin County after becomi...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - July 2020

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Michaelynn H. - Red Valley Rescue Squad

Michaelynn is a single mother of a 15-year-old son. He is an A/B honor roll student. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of six.  She says, “He is such a bright, intelligent, and loving youn...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: June 4, 2020

Member Spotlight - June 2020

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Baylor Janney - Boones Mill Fire Department

Baylor has been a volunteer at Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department for almost 2 years. When he isn’t at the fire station, you can find him working for his dad doing interior construction or working for Boones M...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Member Spotlight - May 2020

Ron Gearheart

Ron Gearheart - Career Staff

Ron is a career Paramedic/Firefighter/Chaplain with Franklin County Department of Public Safety. He is an Associate Pastor at New Vision Baptist Church. He has been married to his wife Michele for over twenty years “bless her h...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Member Spotlight - April 2020

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George T. - Scruggs Fire, Rescue & Dive

George has been part of the Smith Mountain Community forever! Just ask anyone. With over 60 years of Public Safety experience, George, formerly Chief of the SML Marine Division, is now with Scruggs VFRD. He is al...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: March 6, 2020

Member Spotlight - March 2020

Morgan Yopp

Morgan Y. - Glade Hill Rescue Squad

Morgan is 20 years old.  She took the EMT class through Franklin County High School during the spring semester of 2017 with Eric Newman.  Mr. Newman’s class introduced her to EMS and is part of the reas...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: February 11, 2020

Member Spotlight - February 2020

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Mark Tatum - Company 14

Mark is 1st Lieutenant at Henry Volunteer Fire Department.  He has been with Company 14 since 2002 when the department was founded.  Mark is happily married with 2 children, John Mark and Samantha Ann Tatum. &n...

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Public Safety Spotlight
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Member Spotlight - January 2020

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Rena Jennings - Career Staff

Rena was raised and still lives in Bedford County.  She has 4 awesome children who live close to her,  including her grandson,  Bear.  She attended Staunton River High School. After graduatin...

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Posted on: June 13, 2022

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF ADVISES OF UPTICK IN CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS

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Catalytic converter thefts are increasing nationwide and Franklin County, like other local jurisdictions, is seeing this increase. Catalytic converters contain platinum, rhodium, and palladium. The price of these metals has increased in the past few years...
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Sheriff News
Posted on: May 6, 2022

SUMMER IS COMING, BE AWARE OF HOT CAR SAFETY

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The Office of the Sheriff reminds all residents to please be alert when exiting your vehicle as it pertains to leaving children and/or pets in a “hot vehicle” Each year, stories are aired by the news media of deaths which occu...

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Sheriff News
Posted on: October 19, 2021

CHANGES COMING TO AREA CODE 540

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NEW Area Code Overlay Approved for the 540 Area Code Regions!  Virginia State Corporation Commission has been given final approval to divide the current 540 area code into two districts.

This change will be implemented in by 2022. 

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Sheriff News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

IMPORTANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY

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Great information from the Franklin County Department of Public Safety.

Note #5 on how to turn off the water.

Also remember, use your drying towel to open the door/s/ exiting the restroom area.

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Posted on: June 23, 2022

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

DONT DRINK AND DRIVE FRANKLIN CO

When driving a vehicle in Virginia, you are considered #DUI if your BAC is 0.08% or higher. If involved in a vehicle crash & an officer has probable cause, you can be arrested for DUI within 3 hours of the #crash without a warrant & at any locatio...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 23, 2022

WEAR PROPER GEAR WHEN ON THE MOTORCYCLE

RIDE SAFELY FRANKLIN CO

During this first week of summer we encourage the nearly 425,000 licensed Virginia motorcyclists to ride safely & wear proper gear. A rider without a helmet is 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury than a helmeted rider. Be #GearedForSafety
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 22, 2022

BE ALERT, BUCKLE UP, PUT DOWN THE PHONE AND STAY FOCUSED

DRIVE SAFELY FRANKLIN COUNTY

Crash fatalities in #Virginia reached a 14-year high with 968 crash #fatalities on state roadways in 2021. Please - slow down, buckle up & stay focused. Protect the lives of everyone on the roadway, including your own! #DriveDefensively #AlwaysAttentiv...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 6, 2022

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF PRESENTS VSI SCHOLARSHIP TO LOCAL GRADUATES

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Recently, Sheriff Overton presented two local high school graduates with $1,000 scholarships awarded by the Virginia Sheriffs Institute. Both of these graduates are set to attend college in the fall with a focus in Criminal Justice. 
We wish these...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: June 2, 2022

SECURE WHAT YOU ARE HAULING

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Driving with an unsecured load is both against the law and extremely dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, unsecured loads resulted in 82,479 crashes, 16,595 injuries and 715 deaths in a single year.
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: May 31, 2022

BE MOTORCYCLE AWARE SAYS THE FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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Warm weather means more bicycles and motorcycles on the road. Make sure you are not distracted when you are on the road and check and double check your blind spots before changing lanes or turning onto roads or streets. We are here to protect you, help us...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: May 26, 2022

FUNDS RAISED FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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Our 11th consecutive year of fund raising for the Special Olympics is in the books. 
We were not able to host the fishing tournament as we have done in the past, but we did have a gun raffle and pulled the winner out of the box while viewing live ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: May 26, 2022

DON'T OPERATED YOUR BOAT IMPAIRED

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As a responsible citizen, you are probably aware that it is not legal or safe to drink and operate a boat. Boating under the influence is just as dangerous, if not more, as driving a vehicle while intoxicated. The legal limit for blood alcohol content is ...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: May 23, 2022

“BEST DAY EVER” SAYS 6 YEAR OLD BOY

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"I was having lunch with my mother, grandmother, and young son at Bojangles when Sergeant Knight and Lieutenant Hylton came in to do the same. My son got so excited to see the deputies that he blurted out to them that they are "so cool". No...

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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: May 12, 2022

SPRING 2022 CITIZEN'S ACADEMY GRADUATES

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Sheriff Overton is excited to announce the graduation of our 2022 Spring Citizen's Academy! The following individuals have completed a 12 week academy session that allows residents of Franklin County an in-depth look inside of their Sheriff&a...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: May 11, 2022

COPS PROGRAM MEMBERS OUT AND ABOUT

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Our Citizens On Patrol members have came out of the winter in full force assisting our office with several details. Some members help with equipment / vehicle maintenance, some assist with special events and all provide a very appreciated service to the O...
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Sheriff Spotlight
Posted on: May 10, 2022

DO YOUR PART TO KEEP OUR ROADSIDES CLEAN

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As warmer weather is upon us, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office would like to remind all of our residents and visitors to respect our beautiful county scenery and DISPOSE OF YOUR LITTER PROPERLY! Since January 2022, our Inmate Work Force has c...
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