Mayfield honored for police work

Published 7:14 pm Thursday, August 11, 2011

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell presents Lt. Freddie Mayfield a honorable service medal for this work with the department.

Clanton Police Lt. Freddie Mayfield was honored Thursday afternoon for his three-decade career in local law enforcement.

Mayfield was given a fishing-themed cake in honor of his retirement.

Mayfield officially retired from the department last month — after 33 years with various agencies.

He has worked with the Maplesville Police Department, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Clanton Police Department in various roles. He has been with Clanton for six years now, spending the last three as an investigator.

Clanton Police Chief Brian Stilwell said Mayfield was an “ally, friend and mentor” when Stilwell started working as police chief in Jemison.

On Thursday, Stilwell presented Mayfield with an honorable service medal and plaque commemorating his work for the city during an officer’s meeting.

Since beginning his work in law enforcement in 1978, Mayfield has worked thousands of cases. He said it was hard to begin to list memorable cases in such a long span of time, but that it’s a career he found rewarding.

“I have really enjoyed law enforcement,” he said.

Mayfield’s family was in attendance and also presented him a framed copy of some of his father’s original poetry.

Afterword, a reception was held for Mayfield and his family, including wife, Jean, at the police department.

Mayfield will continue working for the city on a part-time basis, helping out when needed. He also has more than 100 cases in the court system — many of which will require his testimony.