Deputy Tapped For Kiwanis Award

TA’s School Resource Officer Named Lawperson Of The Year

Posted: May 1, 2013

Rockingham County sheriff’s deputy Calvin Taylor (center), accompanied by wife Becky, is presented with the Kiwanis Lawperson of the Year award by club member Glenn Weatherholtz at Tuesday’s meeting at Traditions Family Restaurant in Harrisonburg. (Photos by Jason Lenhart / DN-R)
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, the keynote speaker, addresses the Kiwanis Club and guests during the club’s meeting at Traditions Family Restaurant in Harrisonburg on Tuesday.
HARRISONBURG — On a daily basis, Rockingham County deputy Calvin Taylor walks the halls of Turner Ashby High School talking with and mentoring students.

When not at the school, his colleagues say, Taylor can be found doing just about anything to make the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office — and the community — a better place.

“He’s really a handyman for the sheriff’s office,” said Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson, adding that Taylor can provide a variety of services, including teaching first aid, firearms instruction and talks to children and seniors about safety. “He does a little bit of everything.”

As a result of his dedication to his job, Taylor was named the area’s Lawperson of the Year, an annual award handed out by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club. The deputy received the award Tuesday during a meeting at Traditions Family Restaurant in Harrisonburg.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling was the day’s keynote speaker.

Since 1969, the Kiwanis Club has recognized a member of the law enforcement community each year, rotating the award among the Harrisonburg Police Department, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and James Madison University Police Department.

Last year, Virginia State Trooper David Fisher received the award.

Taylor, 53, began his career with the sheriff’s office as a jailer in 1994. In 2002, he was promoted to patrol.

In 2006, he was named a school resource officer and was assigned to Turner Ashby. As part of his role as SRO, he also looks after six other schools: Wilbur Pence Middle School, the Dayton Learning Center and four elementary schools.

Taylor, who said he was honored to receive the award, said he enjoys working with young people, helping them to stay on a straight path.

“I can be proactive, rather than reactive,” he said.

Bolling, in his address to those in attendance, recalled watching the video footage of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15 that killed three people and injured hundreds.

He said he watched video of people fleeing after the first pressure cooker bomb went off, and even more people running seconds later when the another blast happened.

But he noticed several people — police officers, firefighters and medics — running toward the chaos.

“They were running into those attacks,” Bolling said. “There are few that run into the eye of [the] storm.”

During the ceremony, he acknowledged the bravery of the area’s law enforcement officers.

“These are tough, dangerous jobs,” he said. “Unfortunately, there isn’t as much accolades for them as there should be.”

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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