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Local Police Commended for Good Deeds

Chief Miller with Officers LaCost and Campbell

Chief Miller with Officers LaCost and Campbell

Lamar Police Department Chief, Kyle Miller, highlighted the actions of two police officers at the Lamar City Council meeting on Monday, August 22nd.  City Administrator, John Sutherland, earlier in the meeting had stated that these actions stem in part from a new direction for city employees to take, but was mostly due to the professional merits of the two officers.

Sutherland stated, “We’ve been changing the culture of the police department and the city about how we do customer service and present ourselves to the public at large. We hope to continue and show the value of that by recognizing the recent actions of two officers, LaCost and Campbell, who demonstrated the standards of what we expect from all of our city employees.”

Chief Miller recapped the actions of both officers, stating, “We usually don’t get enough recognition for what our department does each day. In these cases, both officers took money from their own pockets to assist people in need.”  He cited Officer Campbell who helped a stranded family who had run out of money for gas.  “The Pit Stop was closed and it was hard to find assistance from other sources at that point, so Officer Campbell paid for gas himself to help the family continue on their journey.”

Regarding Officer LaCost, Miller explained, “A homeless bicyclist had his backpack and his bicycle stolen from him and recovery with only limited information on the theft would be difficult. Officer LaCost met the man at Safeway and used his own money to purchase food and some essentials for the man so he too, could continue on his journey.”  Miller added, “This is probably not the only occasions when our officers acted in this manner, that I’m aware of, but we should be able to hear more about these actions when so much negative news comes out about the actions of the law.  We’re seeing the opposite of that right here in our town.”

Both officers, LaCost and Campbell received an official commendation as well as honorable service medals for their actions. Councilwoman Jerry Jenkins also read from a letter she had received from a citizen who had witnessed LaCost’s efforts to aid the stranded bicyclist.

By Russ Baldwin

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