To the people of Highlands, as your former Chief of Police, I am writing to you to ask for your help.
On April 18, 2015, Officer Todd Ensley passed away. He served the people of Highlands as Captain of Detectives for 25 years, before being terminated due to medical reasons. The same medical problems which later took his life.
Officer Ensley’s family called Highlands Police Department and requested that the Honor Guard from Highlands Police Department be at the funeral, and was told that this request would have to go before the board. Officer Ensley’s family contacted me and asked if I could do anything to help in this matter. The next morning I drove to Highlands and met with the mayor and the town manager. I was given a list of directives to follow in order for Highlands Police Department to supply a Honor Guard for Officer Ensley’s funeral. I told the mayor and the town manager, as I was leaving that what they had requested would be done in the next five minutes. But, by the time I drove back to Franklin, the Chief of Highlands Police Department had called the funeral home and advised that due to one officer being on vacation, and another being in school, a Honor Guard from Highlands Police Department couldn’t be present at the funeral.