The 2006 Officer of the year award was recently named at the Elks Lodge's annual event. Every year the Dalton Police Department gives an award to a member of the police department for outstanding performance. This years recipient for the Dalton Police Department is Officer Torrey Payne.
Officer Payne started with the Dalton Police Department in September of 2004. He is currently serving as a patrol officer with the department's patrol division. Officer Payne had recently returned from a 6 month tour of duty in Iraq prior to his employment.
Since his employment with the department he has earned 2 outstanding performance awards. He also serves as one of the department's Field Training Officers.
In November of 2006, Officer Payne responded to a call were he found a 3 year old girl who was non responsive. She was not breathing and did not have a heartbeat. Officer Payne immediately began CPR and continued to do so until Fire and Emergency Services Personnel arrived. Although the child died later at the hospital of cardiac arrest, Officer Payne's quick response gave the child a second chance.
For this action Officer Payne received the Officer of the Month award for November 2006. This event, along with his excellent work conducted throughout the year, led to him being named Officer of the Year.