Olympic athlete Mel Pender made honorary Cobb deputy

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  • Mel Pender
    American sprinter
  • Dominique Wilkins
    Dominique Wilkins
    American basketball player
  • Dale Ellis
    American basketball player

Dec. 24—Watch out, wannabe criminals — the Cobb Sheriff's Office now has an Olympic sprinter on its team.

The office made 1968 Gold Medalist Mel Pender an honorary deputy Wednesday. He joins retired NBA stars Dominique Wilkins and Dale Ellis, a Marietta native, who assist the Community Engagement Team at the sheriff's office.

At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Pender competed the 100-meter final and was part of the gold medal, world record-setting 4×100-meter relay team, according to his alma mater, Adelphi University. He also set records in the 50-, 60- and 70-yard dashes.

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