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TPD Sgt. Bradford awarded the Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s Marion Broadnax Award

By Tanna M. Friday

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TRUSSVILLE — The annual Greater Birmingham Humane Society Auxiliary’s Community Awards luncheon was held on Friday, Nov. 30, at The Club. The luncheon included a presentation of five awards to recipients who have made a difference in the community, state and in the lives of others.

Pictured is Lt. Greg Cardwell, Sgt. Chuck Bradford, Chief Eric Rush, Mayor Buddy Choat

Among the five recognized was Trussville Police Sgt. Chuck Bradford. Bradford was awarded the Marion Broadnax Award, which according to the GBHS’s website, is awarded to an individual who demonstrates exceptional service to animals or people.

Bradford is the Trussville Police Department’s Sergeant of Operations, which includes many operational tasks such as business services, code enforcement, public relations and animal control. His role as the animal control liaison with the GBHS began last August when Trussville entered into a contract to handle the city’s animal control.

Bradford, along with the Trussville Police Department, was recognized for two incidents that occurred in Trussville, including the removal of more than 150 cats being kept in a Trussville home and a puppy mill that allowed over 100 dogs for adoption in the greater Birmingham area. 

“I really appreciate all of the good things the GBHS said about the Trussville Police Department,” Bradford said. “It’s an honor to be recognized as someone who cares and takes pride in what we do as a city.”

Trussville Police Chief Eric Rush, who was also in attendance for Bradford’s award, shared that the contracted relationship was a good decision for the city and has addressed a great need.

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“Once the city realized that there was a need for animal control in our community, Bradford stepped into the role as the liaison for GBHS and provided a solution,” Rush said. “I couldn’t be more proud of him. Any assignment he is given, he has always gone above the call of duty.”

Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat added that he, too, is happy with the role Bradford has taken with the organization to lead the city in the right direction in handling animal control cases. 

“Since Chuck has been acting as Code Enforcement Officer for the city, he has managed various cases regarding animal control and welfare,” Choat said. “The knowledge and training Chuck has gained while in this postition has brought dividends for the city. Without his leadership and guidance to the city, attorneys, law enforcement and owners, the two cases in which he was recognized by the GBHS…for would have been more difficult to handle.”

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