After many years of service to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office as a member of the alumni, Andrew Joseph Jacobs Sr., was recognized Thursday by Sheriff Keith Merritt as an honorary deputy.

Jacobs, 94, was presented with a certificate and badge to commemorate the occasion. He was surrounded by friends and three generations of family members.

“Sometimes as a sheriff, I have to do things that are not pleasant, “Merritt said. “Then there are things like this.”

Merritt continued to tell the crowd how much Jacobs efforts meant to him and the members of the Sheriff’s Office.

“I am very honored to present him with a certificate and badge,” Merritt said.

He then thanked him for all of his years of service.

Jacobs retired from Mobil Oil where he worked as a labor foreman and process operator. Following his retirement he joined the Sheriff’s Allium Association  when it was first formed. Since 2000, the membership has grown to include more than 30 members.

“It is always a delight to talk to Mr. Jacobs,” said Al Worthy, fellow alumni member.

The alumni has two main service projects which are to help the children of Orange County. They are the annual Blue Santa where toys are collected and distributed to more than 300 children annually. The alumni also has dedicated themselves to the success of the annual Cops and Kids picnic.

“Everyday he talks about all of you,” said Joey Jacobs, grandson and OCSO deputy. “It’s special for him and our family.”

 Pictured: Orange County Sheriff Keith Merritt presents alumni member Andrew Jacobs Sr. with a certificate and badge  as an honorary deputy. In attendance were three generations of the Jacobs family including his 8-year-old great grandson, Lane Jacobs.