Gentry on seniors: ‘They are truly the heartbeat of our community’

Kathy Fairbanks celebrated her 90th birthday in 2022 with, from left, Cullman County Commission on Aging Director Stephanie Lawson, Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry and Cullman County Commissioner Kerry Watson at the New Canaan Senior Center. (Tribune file photo)

CULLMAN, Ala. – This year marks the ninth year the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and Sheriff Matt Gentry have visited senior centers and community centers across the county.

The CCSO uses these opportunities to give law enforcement updates and address residents’ concerns, as well as provide food and fellowship.

“Our seniors, in particular, are such a wonderful group of people here in Cullman County,” according to Gentry, who said he looks forward to these gatherings every year. “They are truly the heartbeat of our community. They are the foundation that built this country, and without them, Cullman County would not be the special and unique place that it is,” he said. “Not only that, they are also one of the best assets for law enforcement. No one knows more about what is going on in this county than they do. It is such a blessing to be able to spend this time with our citizens.” 

On Tuesday, March 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the CCSO will be cooking lunch at the New Canaan Senior Center, members of which have invited Baileyton Senior Center members to join them. 

Area seniors can check with their local senior centers or the Cullman County Commission on Aging, which manages most of the county’s senior centers, for information on upcoming events.

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