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Morgan judge honored for anti-drug-abuse work

By Paul Huggins 340-2395

Morgan County Probate Judge Greg Cain was honored Thursday with the Red Badge
of Courage Award for longtime service to fighting drug abuse.

Before taking office in January, Cain spent 16 years as a Decatur police officer. He was one of the first Drug Abuse Resistance Education officers and helped start the Alternative Choices Education System that connects police officers with youths.

In 2005, the National Association of School Resource Officers chose Cain, 41, for its Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year Award.

"There's a reason why our schools are recognized as the safest in Alabama," said District Judge David Breland when awarding the honor.

He then pointed at Cain and Phil Hastings, safety manager for Decatur schools. "They stop a lot of problems before they get to my level," he said.

The Morgan County Substance Abuse Network developed the Red Badge of Courage Award in recognition of Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, who was killed by Mexican drug traffickers. His friends wore red badges of satin in his honor to show they would continue his fight against illegal drugs.

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