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'I couldn't have done it by myself'

Former Henry County Sheriff Harold R. Griffin reacts from the podium after the sheriff’s youth camp he started 25 years ago was dedicated in his name.Pictured, from left, are Henry County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. James Goodwin, Major Jay Davis, Griffin, and current Henry County Sheriff Ric McCorkle.

By Katie Clontz - For The Courier-Times

Harold Griffin started a summer camp for Henry County youth 25 years ago.

He served as Henry County Sheriff from 1995-1998 and is currently a member of the Henry County Council.

Thursday night, in the upstairs of the W.G. Smith Building at Memorial Park, during a banquet concluding this year’s camp, Griffin was presented with a plaque and the camp was officially re-named in his honor.

The camp will now be called the Harold R. Griffin Henry County Sheriff’s Office Youth Camp.

“I couldn’t have done it by myself,” Griffin said. “It’s been a terrific 25 years.”

Following the presentation of Griffin’s plaque, Henry County Sheriff Ric McCorkle spoke to those parents and campers in attendance.

“It takes a village to raise children and you have a good group of children here,” McCorkle said.

Free to area youth, this year’s camp began Monday and ended Thursday. Campers were treated to activities at Summit Lake State Park and also went swimming, bowling and roller skating.

Additionally, local law enforcement, fireman and other emergency responders presented various demonstrations throughout the week. Campers also participated in a mock trial following a pretend car accident.

Henry County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. James Goodwin, who runs the annual summer camp, took time to thank everyone who helped make the camp possible, particularly the staff at Henry County Memorial Park and those at the Henry County Saddle Club.

“It takes a small army to make this thing work,” Goodwin said.