September 29, 2005 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Police Chief
Sterling Owen today honored three Knoxville Police Department Chaplains
for their response to an individual who was victimized while traveling
through Knoxville. The Chaplains honored include Chaplain Mike Patty,
Chaplain Gerald King, and Chaplain Pamela Neal.
Chief Owen said that on Saturday, August 27, at approximately 2:00
p.m., Chaplain Patty was asked to respond to Baptist Hospital West
to help assist KPD Officer Dana Crocker. Officer Crocker indicated
that a 25 year-old male traveling from Daytona Beach, Florida to
Washington D.C. had been assaulted and robbed of all his cash, approximately
$200.00, and his credit cards. The victim, who is deaf, was preparing
to attend college in Washington D.C.
Patty, through an interpreter, was able to assess the victim's need.
It was at this point that Chaplain Patty enlisted the aid of Chaplain
King and Chaplain Neal. The Chaplains were able to provide a room
and meal for the victim. Chaplain Neal provided a $50.00 gas card
for the victim while Chaplain King was able to secure an additional
$150.00 in cash for further travel expenses.
Chief Owen said, "This is an example of the tremendous dedication
of our Knoxville Police Department Chaplains and the ability of
our chaplains to bring the Knoxville community together for that
which is good."
Mayor Haslam added, "These chaplains made a tremendous difference
on the life of one individual and his attitude toward the City of
Knoxville. We commend these Chaplains as well as the entire Knoxville
Police Department Chaplain Corps for their continued service to
the Knoxville community."
Each Chaplain will receive a signed certificate from the Mayor and