Veteran Jasper officer earns VFW District award
by James Phillips
Jun 03, 2012 | 1784 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JPD Captain Dennis Corbell, center, was recently recognized as the District VFW Police Officer of the Year. The VFW’s William Legg and Police Chief Connie Rowe were on hand for the presentation. Photo by: James Phillips
JPD Captain Dennis Corbell, center, was recently recognized as the District VFW Police Officer of the Year. The VFW’s William Legg and Police Chief Connie Rowe were on hand for the presentation. Photo by: James Phillips
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Jasper’s longest serving police officer was honored by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars last week for his continued service to the city.

Captain Dennis Corbell has been a member of the Jasper Police Department for almost 40 years. During his time on the force, Corbell said he doesn’t remember winning any awards, but that changed last week when he was named the VFW District 3 Policeman of the Year.

“I was really surprised when I found out,” Corbell said. “I am honored that I was picked for this award.”

VFW District 3 includes several cities, including Birmingham. District 3 Commander William Legg said Corbell is the first officer from Walker County to win the district award.

“I can’t think of someone who deserves this award more,” Legg said. “Captain Corbell has worked hard and served the people of Jasper for years now. He is an outstanding police officer.”

Legg said Corbell won the Jasper VFW Post’s Policeman of the Year before being named the district winner. The Jasper officer was eligible for the statewide award, which Legg said went to a police officer from the Mobile area.

Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe is the sixth chief Corbell has worked for during his tenure at the department. Rowe said she is proud one of her officers was honored.

“With more than 100 police officers in Walker County, it is an honor for an officer from our department to be chosen for this award,” she said. “Corbell has spent his entire career at the Jasper Police Department, and we are very proud of him.”

Corbell began his career at the JPD on Jan. 15, 1973. Since that time, he has worked in almost every area of the department and was promoted to captain in 1997. Corbell, a former Marine, said he enjoys being in law enforcement.

“I’ve enjoyed having a career in law enforcement. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have done it for this long,” he said.

In his free time, Corbell said he enjoys woodworking. The veteran officer also has four children – Chris (42), Brandy (34), Amber (28) and Stone (18).