Wayne Henry announces re-election bid, plans kick-off

Posted 1/31/18

Wayne Henry is seeking re-election for a third term as the Bradley County 4th District constable.

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Wayne Henry announces re-election bid, plans kick-off

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Wayne Henry is seeking re-election for a third term as the Bradley County 4th District constable.

Elected in May 2010, Henry has lived in the 4th District for 38 years.

He attended Taylor Elementary School and graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1997. In 1997, the 16-year-old Henry worked with the Bradley County Fire Department as an Explorer. He worked his way up to lieutenant.

“I joined to help protect and serve my community,” Henry said. “I work well with the public; and I enjoy meeting new people. I was at the fire department for 10 years. During that time I received the following certifications: Initial response to hazardous materials, basic concepts, concept implementation and incident command system-generic.”

Henry also received certification from Cleveland Bradley Management Agency, for 32 hours of hazardous materials operations level, and certification for emergency vehicle driving from Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads.

“I have successfully completed trauma service education from Erlanger Center for Life Force, scene/stat, team training,” he said.

He also earned certification for emergency response to terrorism for company officers, presented by the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy. He attended training for an overview to managing search operations from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Child Find Team and the Bradley Rescue Service.

In 2015, Henry received the Life Saver Award. In October 2015, he was recognized by the Tennessee state Legislature for his unwavering and broad community support.

“Since being elected in 2010, it has been my honor to serve as Bradley County constable. I have enjoyed helping families in my district.

“Over the last eight years, some things I have done in my position include checking schools and checking businesses and churches located in the 4th District,” Henry said. “Duties included checking in on senior citizens to be sure they are safe and not in need of anything that I may be able to assist them with.

“I have escorted several funerals for families. I still believe that we should always show our respect to those families during their time of loss,” he noted.

“In 2011, after Cleveland was affected by the tornadoes I was able to help families in Will Brook and Bates Pointe by offering them a listening ear, support, food and water. I worked both of these areas for 11 days. I was able to provide security for a dance that was held at Taylor School to ensure the kids were safe,” Henry said.

“For the last six years my wife and I have provided a trick-or-treat event on Halloween night at Oak Grove School at 6 p.m. I do believe that we should take time for the kids as well. I am happy to be able to help provide them a safe place for Halloween. My wife and I will continue this tradition if I am re-elected.”

Henry also escorted the Polk County Toy Run for kids, the Coats for Kids, and the Chapter 34 Southern Cruisers Ride which helped many kids at Christmas.

“I was honored to receive an award of appreciation and a badge to become a member of Southern Cruisers in November of 2013. I have assisted in patrol each year for Tri State and Taylor Ruritan to ensure safety for all those in attendance.”

While in position as constable over the last eight years, Henry successfully completed 40 hours per year of training through the BCSO Reserve Division and the city of Benton.

Training included chain of command, ethics, blood-borne pathogens, K9 awareness, dealing with the mentally ill, sovereign citizen movement, basic drugs, basic firearms, human response, off duty, radar, laser and Taser.

“I truly appreciate both offices for making sure that each constable was offered the proper training needed for our own safety and the safety of the public,” he said.

“I would like to say a special thank you to my wife, Casey Mae, and son Malachi for their support and for standing behind me in my decision to seek this position again. Their support is important to me. I appreciate all their dedication to this community as well, and for being involved with me.

“On Saturday, I will be having a campaign kickoff event located at Park View Elementary School, off Minnis Road, from 4 to 6 p.m.,” Henry said.

Special singing will be provided by Jessie Conner. Chili and hotdogs will be served. The event is open to the public.

“I would like to personally say thank you to everyone who has supported me since 2010. I ask for your vote again. I will continue to service Bradley county proudly,” Henry said.

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