Grimes County CrimeStoppers did something they haven’t done in several years at this year’s banquet, present a lifetime achievement award. This time to Grimes County Law Enforcement Icon “Big” John LeFlore, who event M.C. Richard Grimes said has lived in the county four decades, and worked with the Grimes County Sheriff’s Department for 39 years.
Grimes reported LeFlore was very instrumental in the founding of Grimes County CrimeStoppers at its inception. He said many have extolled his virtues to him, including how fortunate CrimeStoppers is to have had this young man involved in starting the organization 35 years ago. Thirty-six years this September 2nd.
And while admitting that LeFlore can get rough at times, Grimes extolled his heart, calling him a “Gotta love him kinda guy,” who’s especially focused on helping Grimes County’s youth.
In example, Grimes recalled the young man who once appeared before Judge LeFlore in J.P. Court for truancy and wanted to go into the military but lacked a G.E.D.
Judge LeFlore drove to this young man’s home because the family had no means of transportation, Grimes said, and took him to Brazos County every morning to attend G.E.D. classes. And this is but one example, Grimes went on, of literally hundreds of ways this man has shown his passion for them since he’s been here.
Responding to a rousing round of applause from the packed-out crowd, LeFlore found himself almost speechless with a trace of a tear in his eye.
Congratulations, judge, from all of us at Navasota News, on an honor well-earned.