January 24, 2017
Beaufort, NC – (January 23, 2017) Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck left the Carteret County Commissioners’ Board Room Monday night with the prestigious honor, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.
Buck, who has 18 years of law enforcement service to the county of Carteret and its citizens, received the highest civilian honor given by the Governor during the Commissioners Board meeting held on January 23, 2017.
The order is bestowed upon individuals who have displayed exemplary service to their North Carolina communities and to the state as a whole. This order was one of the last orders signed by former Governor Pat McCrory before the end of his term.
Carteret County resident Ronnie Watson and Steve Keen, former State Director of Regional Field Operations for former Governor Pat McCrory, presented Sheriff Buck with the award. Keen stated, “Every time I would see Asa he was always upbeat, he was always one to participate, and the condition of his heart was a reflection of his actions and his actions reflected his heart.” Keen added, “The things that Asa did to help Governor McCrory and to help you as citizens of Carteret County, alongside the county commissioners, was to have a direct and positive impact on the citizens.”
During the surprise award presentation, Sheriff Buck said, “I give credit to my family, our supporters in the community, and our staff that work for us. They’re the ones out getting the job done for you every day. I’m just one person, but it’s our staff. They are where the rubber meets the road”
Sheriff Buck also thanked Mr. Watson, Mr. Keen, current and past county commissioners and former Governor Pat McCrory for the award.
A list of past recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award can be viewed at http://longleafpinesociety.org/new/roster/index.php/roster/view