Nicole June Reporting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Family, friends, and admiring coworkers gathered Friday, June 28 to send off Captain Wayne Reynolds and Captain Thomas Kujawa.
Captain Reynolds has been with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) for 30 years, and Captain Kujawa has spent 40 years with the department. Both are revered for their service and dedication to keeping the community safe and secure.
During their retirement ceremony, each was presented with an honorary proclamation from County Mayor Carolyn Bowers, as well as a service weapon and badge.
Captain Kujawa worked his way up through ranks over the years after deciding at a young age that he wanted to be in law enforcement. He said one of his most memorable moments during his time was arresting- and handcuffing- a one-armed man.
“Every day was a new day, and every day was exciting,” he said. “These people here, I’ll miss them the most. They are like an extended family.”
Captain Reynolds began his career as a search for a good job with benefits, which turned into a substantial 30 years. “I’ve worked for several different divisions, and I’ve enjoyed everybody that I’ve come in contact with,” he said.
His plans for the future are not concrete. “Come Monday morning, I’m going to take it one day at a time,” he said. Captain Reynolds hopes to simply work on his farm and spend time with his three grandchildren.
Both captains will be missed by their coworkers, as was evident by the heartfelt stories and speeches shared by many.