Congratulations to Barry Morris, this month's Spirit of Rowlett Award winner! This award is to publicly recognize ordinary residents doing extra-ordinary things in our community, and the recipients are nominated by YOU – the citizens of Rowlett.
Barry was nominated by Brian Wilburn, who says:
"I would like to nominate Barry Morris of Rowlett for a Spirit of Rowlett Award. Barry is a long-time Rowlett Resident, along with his wife, JeanAnn. He has two Adult Children and one grand-child. Professionally, Barry is retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety where he worked the road as a Trooper and as an Undercover Operative. He now works as an Investigator for the Rockwall County D.A.’s Office. He and JeanAnn are also long-time members of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall where they serve on various mission teams. He is a Charter Member of the Police Unity Tour and has ridden at places around the world to honor fallen officers. He is one of the "Original Ten" Members of Third Watch LE MC and currently serves as the Vice-President. I would like to nominate Barry for the Spirit Award for the following specific reason. Last August 2018 Barry and I were "brainstorming" about projects we could do to benefit the community that were in keeping with our Mission to "Honor, Serve, and Support" our Veterans and First Responders. It was at this time that Barry came up with the idea to "Walk the Bridge" between Rowlett and Rockwall once each month to draw attention to Veterans and First Responders who choose to take their own lives and to seek solutions. Out of that original idea, a movement was born. The first month we had 15, the second 30, and in December we had 60+. For January 2019 more than 100 have indicated that they will participate. Additionally, the goal was to engage in a conversation about the Mental Health of our Veterans and First Responders with our elected and appointed officials. This has now happened here locally with conversations having been held on the topic with the Chief of Police, City Manager, Mayor, Council Member for the City of Rowlett, and State Senator Bob Hall's office. They will not be the last as we intend to lead the way on the matter and it's all because of an idea that Barry had. Finally, during that same "Brainstorming" session, Barry came up with an idea to show our appreciation to our First Responders by initiating a "Date Night" whereby once every other month TWMC will pay for a First Responder and his/her significant other to go out on a date where we will pay for the dinner, a babysitter, and a movie! Our way of trying to help and show appreciation. So all in all, Barry has been instrumental in bringing the vision of these to programs to life. One is already having a big impact within the community and it will only get bigger! This movement has already, VERIFIBLY, saved two lives!! Can't make a more positive impact than that!"
We hope you enjoy this interview of Barry by Councilmember Brownie Sherrill.
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Do you know a local hero? Nominate them today!. This is a great way to say “Thank you” to those who have encouraged, supported and acted in a way that has impacted you in your everyday life. We look forward to hearing from you and to providing this recognition for good deeds, done well!