Owner of Handy Cleaners presented with shadowbox

Published 7:00 am Saturday, September 8, 2018

Friday morning several law enforcement agencies got together to present Handy Cleaners owner Gloria Glidewell with a shadowbox to thank her for all she has done for them.

Ever since opening her business in 1986, Glidewell has offered free cleaning services to local law enforcement agencies. She handles all of their cleaning needs and is always on call in case something needs to be done last minute. Glidewell said she does this to give back to the individuals who risk their lives in the service to their community.

“I know what their families are going through – not knowing if their loved one is going to leave one morning and never come home. I want to take some of their stress away however I can,” Glidewell said.

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She said what she does is a team effort, which includes Debbie Stewart and Katie Mitchell.

Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison said Glidewell is always there for his department including afterhours and on holidays.

“She always accommodates us. She keeps us looking neat,” Allison said.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Christa Groom, said Glidewell said the shadowbox includes patches from the Picayune Police Department, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Poplarville Police Department, The Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department and the CBP Border Patrol. Groom said there are other departments Glidewell has helped, but she wasn’t able to get every patch. Glidewell was also given a small pistol.

“She’s a very generous lady. We appreciate everything she does for us,” Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said.

Glidewell said she tells the men and women of local law enforcement agencies that she’d better not see them dressed in sloppy uniforms while on duty – because they don’t have a good excuse.

“I don’t do this for recognition. I never expected this. I do this to give back,” Glidewell said.