New deputies take an oath and received their badges
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The New Hanover County sheriff's office has 17 new deputies. The new officers took an oath and received their badges Wednesday. The graduation marks the end of a 16-week basic law enforcement course offered by the sheriff's office and Cape Fear Community College. This is the second graduating class from the program. "It's just a great day and I'm so happy and proud of all of them" said New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon. The ceremony took place at the old New Hanover County courthouse. Sheriff Ed McMahon was the keynote speaker.

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Coming from 3 generation of law enforcement I would like to say "Thank You" for each time you put on your uniform to protect us. Each one of you have the chance to make a difference in people that you come in contact with. Just by the way you approach, talk to someone. Be proud of what you have accomplished and don't let others pull you down. Law enforcement has a "strong brotherhood" and you now become part of that. Thank you for protecting us.May God be with each of you at all times.