In celebration of National Teen Driver Safety Week, we would like to recognize Tennessee superstars making a difference in the lives of our youth. Today’s superstar is Deputy James Rippy (Robertson County Sheriff’s Office), nominated by Cpl. Brian Richards.
“Deputy James Rippy works as a School Resource Officer at Greenbrier High School. Over time, Deputy Rippy has set up events promoting teen driving safety. He is passionate about the safety of his students. Deputy Rippy gathers facts and statistics from organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and NHTSA to educate students on traffic safety. He works closely with his teachers and staff on setting up guest speakers. For instance, Coach Albertson spoke to the students the week before prom highlighting drinking and driving and his personal experience with the loss of someone. Sgt. Escue of the local Army National Guard and Michelle Gregory aided in setting up activities and educational approaches to help teens understand traffic safety. The students are educated on how one bad decision could change the course of the rest of their lives. Deputy Rippy’s contribution to the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, Greenbrier High School, and the community, has positively influenced many students.”