Lezlie Sterling / lsterling@sacbee.com

Sacramento Police Officer John Tennis and 87-year-old department volunteer Lucy Palmer chat after roll call March 10 at William J. Kinney Police Facility. North area commander Capt. James Maccoun says Palmer is “a model of resiliency and work ethic to us all.”

Exposures: I Care: Police catch up on paperwork with her help

Published: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

It’s 6 a.m. roll call at William J. Kinney Police Facility on Marysville Boulevard and 87-year-old Lucy Palmer sits quietly, trying her best to keep a low profile. But that doesn’t stop Sgt. Paul Freeman from giving her a little “shout-out” during his briefing and thanking her for her 18 years of volunteer work for the Sacramento Police Department. In 2007, she was inducted into the Sacramento Police Officers Association as an honorary member.

“She is an inspiration to me,” says Officer John Tennis, at left in photo, as the two sit down and talk like old friends. Palmer works diligently on the staffing roster, keeping track of which officers are on light duty or temporarily transferred to other units. She handles duties that have not yet been automated, such as stuffing envelopes for mass mailings and reviewing documents to be distributed. In the past, she has worked on projects for crime statistics and reviewed cold cases. North Area commander Capt. James Maccoun says Palmer is “a model of resiliency and work ethic to us all.”

To suggest a community volunteer for the I Care column, contact lsterling@sacbee.com.


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