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Lt. Ray Terry receives the Law Enforcement of the Year Award during a ceremony on Monday. (Carter Watkins / WHNT News 19)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – This week we pause to say ‘thank you’ to law enforcement across the U.S. At a time when negativity surrounds law enforcement across the nation, there are groups who still praise them.

The Greater Shoals Rotary Club and Florence Rotary Club make it a point every year to give back to those who wear the badge.

“The majority of people support law enforcement, but they don’t have the ear,” said Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray. “It seems like bad things are what people talk about, but groups like this can certainly change that. This is a very positive thing.”

Lieutenant Ray Terry with the Sheffield Police Department is the 2016 award recipient for law enforcement excellence.

“It’s really overwhelming, but it’s something I can take back to my police department and my department can be prideful of receiving that recognition,” stated Terry.

Chief Ray said Terry is a shining example of what a police officer should be. Not only is he good at his job, but he also reaches out to his community.

In 2015, Terry raised awareness of breast cancer by creating a pink police car.

“It brought the community and police department together in a different way,” explained Terry. “Secondly, it raised money for a great cause, supporting our community and those people who have struck with the tragedies of breast cancer.”

He raised more than $10,000 for breast cancer awareness, which will stay in the Shoals.

In the history of the Richard B. Biddle Award for Law Enforcement Excellence, Lieutenant Terry is only the second Sheffield officer to receive the award.

As part of the award, he receives $1,000 to go towards continuing education.