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The Voice of Virginia’s Sheriffs & Deputies


Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VADMV) has designated April as Distracted Driving Month. The statistics are clear, nearly 3,000 people were killed in 2018 due to vehicle accidents which can be linked to distracted driving per National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data.

Distracted Driving is the act of driving while engaging in other activities which distract the driver’s attention away from the road. Distractions are shown to compromise the safety of the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and people in other vehicles.

The biggest contributor is operating a cell phone while driving, but let’s not forget things like; tuning the radio, adjusting the AC/Heat, looking for something in the car while moving.

Let’s please keep our focus on the highway when driving and arrive home safe to our families.

This message is brought to you by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the VADMV & NHTSA.


The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office announces the hiring of Deputy Joe Hylton to our Patrol Division.

Deputy Hylton comes to us with 7 years of experience from a neighboring jurisdiction. Hylton said, “I wish to be a part of this sheriff’s office that loves what they do and loves the community they serve.”

We welcome Deputy Hylton and his family to our law enforcement family.

Lt. Justin Hylton (left, no relation) pinns badge on Deputy Joe Hylton after his swearing in ceremony.


Rural Compassion, based in Springfield, MO, in partnership with Convoy of Hope has been working with the Bombas Sock Company to supply those in need with a gift of quality socks.  They are distributing these items through the local Assembly of God Churches across the nation.  Pastor Adam Coombs, Faith Assembly of God in Ferrum, was recently able to supply students and faculty of Ferrum Elementary School pairs of these socks.

Today, April 6th, Pastor, and his wife Amanda, presented Sheriff Overton an entire box of Bombas for The Office of the Sheriff. Pastor Coombs expressed his gratefulness for our  law enforcement and how his heartbeat was to bless the men and women of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Overton said, “We are so honored and very blessed by this gift. We thank Pastor Adam and all the congregation at Faith Assembly for thinking of us and I know our deputies and entire staff will really appreciate these socks.”