On Monday, Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum reached a milestone in his career. In a ceremony in Reno, Nevada, the National Sheriffs’ Association presented Shrum with the J. Stannard Baker Lifetime Achievement Award for Traffic Safety.
This lifetime achievement award is named to honor J. Stannard Baker, a former physics professor at Northwestern University who made significant contributions to highway safety. A pioneer in crash reconstruction investigation, he developed this subject into a science by applying the laws of physics and developing mathematical equations to assist law enforcement officers in their investigations. The first books on crash reconstruction investigation were written by J. Stannard Baker and are still in use today.
“When I sat down in 1999, to meet with a representative from the highway safety office, I had no idea who J. Stannard Baker was,” commented Shrum.
It was not long until Sheriff Shrum found out what great contributions Baker had made to the field of crash investigation and traffic safety.
“To receive an award named in honor of him is very humbling,” said Shrum.
His staff and past co-workers nominated the sheriff.
“I want to be clear that any success this agency experiences is a team effort. From my chief deputy to our newest correctional officer, they all play a huge role in our success,” explained Shrum.
The award was presented to Shrum by retired Oklahoma County Sheriff and John Marshall, the son of late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Director of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
Director Marshall remarked, “Through your tireless dedication to traffic enforcement you have clearly saved lives in Tennessee and made a positive difference, and I know that great work will continue. Our nation, in particular the citizens of Grundy County, are so very fortunate to have your dedicated service and leadership.”
The NSA covered the Sheriff’s expenses for the conference.