Treating people with dignity and respect is what Black History month means to one Louisa County law enforcement officer.
“I think about Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela who preached basically about all [people] getting along, helping each other during this journey in life, not about skin color, race or sex,” Sgt. Ray Arnette of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said.
Arnette was born and raised in Louisa County by his parents Elise and Ray Arnette. He gives his parents credit for being positive role models and influencing his life. His parents always encouraged him, while also keeping him in line. He is most thankful that his parents involved him in church and introduced him to Christ, as well as gave their unconditional love.
Arnette has a deep love for his grandmother, Mary Banks, who took care of him while his parents worked.
“She has a heart of gold,” he said.
His biggest hero, though, is his sister, Lavern. Arnette said she is married to a Navy man, and when he ships out, Lavern is responsible for everything at home. She does it all with no complaints and a smile.
Besides his deep devotion to family who taught him many lessons he carries today, Arnette said he had great teachers at Louisa County High School and enjoyed his time there, though he wishes he had studied harder and received higher grades.
Following his 1980 graduation from LCHS, Arnette entered Piedmont Virginia Community College, where he graduated in 1985 majoring in child care.
Before being hired in 2005 with the LCSO, Arnette worked for 17 years as an assistant and teacher at MACAA Head Start Preschool.
To read the entire story, see the Feb. 20 edition of The Central Virginian.