Wolfe named TPD Officer of the Year
Joshua Wolfe didn't start his adult life wanting to be a police officer.
At the urging of someone close to him, Wolfe decided to give law enforcement a try. Less than four years after joining Thomasville Police Department, Wolfe received the ultimate recognition when he was named 2013 Officer of the Year.
"I'm honored by it," Wolfe said. "I appreciate the fact that I was nominated and they felt I deserved the award."
Wolfe received the award on Dec. 7 during the department's annual Christmas party at the Thomasville Police Academy. The recognition as Thomasville's best police officer in 2013 caps a year that featured a defining moment in Wolfe's young career.
On June 12, Wolfe and fellow officer Brent McDowell responded to an emergency call 1145 Kendall Mill Road. They arrived and found Eric Hockett desperately trying to save his 4-month-old son's life. The two officers feverishly worked for nearly 10 minutes trying to revive little Hunter, who lay lifeless in their arms.
"We were determined that we were not going to accept no for an answer," Wolfe said after being honored with a Life Saving award in July.
Their efforts paid off as Hunter slowly came back to life.
"Its been kind of an emotional year with all that's going on," said Wolfe. "A lot of good things have come from it and a lot of difficult things at the same time."
Wolfe, 32, graduated from West Davidson High School and spent the next six years working for father and in the furniture business. Joining the military had been in the back of Wolfe's mind until one day when he just decided to go for it. He would spend four years in the Marine Corps.
"For several years I had been thinking about joining the military," Wolfe said. "One day I kind of got fed up at the job I was at and said I was going to do this.
It worked out for me."
When Wolfe's military service came to an end, a relative who recently retired from the Lexington Police Department mentioned a possible career in law enforcement. Wolfe credits his military background with helping him transition into his new line of work.
"It really prepared me for some of the more difficult things I've had to go through," said Wolfe. "Definitely as far as the stresses in dealing with seeing the tragedies that we do and the difficult times. It gave me the discipline I need to do this job. All that was instilled in me while I was in the Marines."
Wolfe came to TPD in February, 2010. Capt. Darren Smith said the relatively new officer is making great strides in his young career.
“He is very efficient and experienced for his years,” said Smith. “He’s done patrol, had a short stint helping out vice [narcotics] for awhile and for a younger officer he is very proficient, especially in his life-saving skills. He deserves all the accolades he gets for that.”
Wolfe and his wife Lisa have two children.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.