Sandy Springs-Dunwoody VFW Post 10822 honored Sandy Springs Police Officer Ken Cannon and Dunwoody Police Officer Kerry Stallings as its “Officers of the Year” during a luncheon at Dunwoody United Methodist Church on Sept. 23. Left to right: Sandy Springs Maj. Bo Eskew, Cannon, Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan, Stallings, Amanda Stallings; and Post Commander Loren Cook.

Dunwoody and Sandy Springs veterans on Sept. 23 saluted police officers from the two cities.

The Dunwoody-Sandy Springs Veterans of Foreign War Post 10822 revived its “Officer of the Year” awards, which had not been presented for about a decade, to honor Sandy Springs police Officer Ken Cannon and Dunwoody police Officer Kerry Stallings.

Cannon, who started work in Sandy Springs in 2006 shortly after the department’s inauguration, was cited as a leader and role model for younger officers.

Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan said Stallings was selected for the honor after he stopped a woman from jumping from a fifth-floor apartment last May.

“She was over the railing and standing on her tiptoes and going to jump,” Grogan said. “Officer Stallings engaged her in conversation and when he got close enough, he reached out and grabbed her arm and got her in a bear hug and pulled her back over the railing… and saved her.”

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