published Friday, February 28th, 2014

Former Sheriff's Office deputy who sang national anthem on TV endorses Chris Harvey for sheriff

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    Ezra Harris sang the national anthem along with members of a gospel church choir on Good Morning America in New York.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A retired Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputy, who went on Good Morning America this week to sing the national anthem again after footage from several years ago went viral when he ad libbed the words, has endorsed Chris Harvey for sheriff.

The footage of Ezra Harris, taken from the local fallen officer's ceremony several years ago, had more than 1.3 million views on You Tube.

This past week the crew from Good Morning America teamed Harris up with country music star Dierks Bentley for a do-over. Harris, who retired from the sheriff's office, along with members of a gospel church choir sang the national anthem.

"I've reinvented myself," Harris said in a news release. "We, the voters of Hamilton County, need to reinvent the leadership of the sheriff's office. Chris Harvey is the right leader and candidate to be sheriff."

Harvey, who is a longtime sergeant at the department, is challenging Sheriff Jim Hammond in the May 6 Republican primary.

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