Family Crisis Council honors Lamm
Published 12:00 am Friday, August 24, 2012
By Shadee Manuel
Family Crisis Council
SALISBURY — Salisbury Police Officer Wiley Lamm is no stranger to hard work and determination.
Lamm went above the call of duty when the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County called on him to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
On July 18, the Family Crisis Council acknowledged Lamm for his commitment to the agency and its victims.
Lamm has provided years of service to the agency.
He has made advocacy phone calls to other law enforcements agencies on behalf of clients, assisted with meeting victims at the hospital and has even moved furniture for staff and clients.
“He has always been available when the shelter called,” said the shelter director.
“He has the best attitude and has made helping our victims a priority in his life, not just a career,” a staff member said.
Family Crisis Council staff, interns, police officers and Lamm’s friends were in attendance at the award ceremony.
Lamm was touched as he listened to the testimonies of the people whose lives he has touched so profoundly. The room was filled with co-workers and friends who know that Lamm’s true goal in life is to help and serve others.
Lamm is known around the office as the guy with the “big heart,”one of his co-workers said.
It came as no surprise when Salisbury Police assigned Lamm the victim advocate in 2009.
The job required Lamm to accompany the victims to court and provide moral and emotional support. Lamm served in multiple capacities and went far beyond the job requirements.
He received both his bachelor and master’s degrees in criminal justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
He joined the Salisbury Police Department in 1993. In May, he earned his third veteran of the year award. Lamm has earned this award more times than any other officer in the history of the Salisbury Police Department.
In 2012 he received “A Friend of the Child Award” from Prevent Child Abuse Rowan.
“It is with upmost gratitude that we present this to you in recognition of your unceasing ability to serve Family Crisis Council and the community of Rowan County,” Renee Bradshaw, Family Crisis Council director, said to Lamm as he received his award.
Shadee Manuel is outreach coordinator for the Family Crisis Council.