Phillip Martin described his friend Cullen Smith as a man both dedicated to his profession and to serving the community.

Martin, the Hunt County Commissioner for Precinct 3, said Smith, the Hunt County Constable for Precinct 4, was known for both his long career in law enforcement and for his gentle nature.

“This person has the heart of a lion, but also the heart of a lamb,” Martin said. “If he was going to shoot a criminal, he would do it sincerely.”

Martin presented Smith with a plaque of recognition during the recent meeting of the Hunt County Alliance for Economic Development in Quinlan.

Smith, 78, has served as constable since 1980, helping serve both civil papers and arrest warrants for the Quinlan justice of the peace office, in addition to fulfilling the duties of law enforcement officer for the county.

“He probably works harder than anybody else in this room,” Martin said.

Smith also organizes a toy drive for area children each Christmas.

“He is respected by those people who know him and he is also loved by those people who know him,” Martin said.

In accepting the award, Smith said he had been spending most of the two weeks prior to the luncheon serving child support notices and paperwork for Child Protective Services.

“I was afraid they were going to run me out of town,” Smith said.

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