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Longtime DUI deputy retiring

Stone County Enterprise of Wiggins, Mississippi

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Lt. Lewis Husband, a DUI Enforcement officer for the Stone County Sheriff Department the past seven years, is retiring effective Oct. 31.

With 16 years of employment with the SCSD, Husband will be missed, both by SHeriff Mike Farmer and his fellow officers.

"He's been a great officer who's been with me a long time and I just hate to see him go," Farmer said. "I was his field training officer when he hired into the department."

Husband said the time was right.

"I'm tired of working," he said with a laugh. "It's been more than 33 years and the only jobs I've ever had involved a badge and a gun."

A native of Forrest County, Husband served in the Air Force as an Air Police officer before taking jobs including Director of Public Safety for Hyatt Hotels and as an officer with the Tampa (Fla.) Police Department.

He's most proud of the fact that he and others have significantly reduced the number of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities in the county.

"In 2006, Stone County led the entire State of Mississippi in alcohol-related fatalities," he said. "I can't tell you exactly what the number was, but I know we've probably cut the number of fatalities in half.

"Overall and in general, we have cut down on dangerous drivers in the county."

He credits a proactive outreach to schools, churches and civic organizations for increasing the awareness and dangers of driving and drinking as well as distracted driving.

"We were very active at the college and in the public schools because so many young people were involved in crashes," he said. "We felt like we were saving America's future."

Sgt. Kevin Sharpe, now the only DUI Enforcement officer in the department, said he would miss Husband terribly.

"Man, that guy knew how to barbecue," he said.

In all seriousness, Sharpe feels like a big brother is going away.

"He was the go-to guy," he said. "All the guys in the department, if they wanted to do the acceptable thing, would call Lewis and ask him for advice."

They may have trouble getting hold of him now.

Husband intends to do some traveling and enjoy his time off.

"I don't have any definite plans, other than riding my motorcycle," he said.

Farmer said Husband leaves a legacy.

"He's had a great impact on traffic safety in Stone County," the Sheriff said.

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Original Publication Date: October 7, 2015

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