Amelia welcomes police officer home from Iraq

Amelia officials welcomed one of their police officers back to the village at the council meeting Monday, March 2.

Officer Matthew Braden recently returned from a seven-month deployment to Iraq with the Marine Corps Reserves. Braden served with a military police task force in Al Asad, Iraq. While there, his job duties included guarding and transporting prisoners suspected of terrorist activity.

“The prisoners would be held in the Al Asad detention area for interrogation for up to 14 days and it was my job to transport them either to another facility or back to where they were picked up,” said Braden.