As part of the observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, the District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Assistance Program took time out on Wednesday to honor some people who work behind the scenes to help crime victims: clergy and public safety chaplains.
At a ceremony outside the Whitfield County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, the Victim/Witness program recognized the efforts of Dalton Police Department Chaplains Ray Camp, Ray McCrainie, and Don Treick. They also recognized Whitfield County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Wayne Saylors, Chaplain Nancy Garrison from Hamilton Medical Center, and Pastor Emeritus Dr. Billy Nimmons from First Baptist Church in Dalton, a founding member of the GreenHouse Child Advocacy Center's board of directors.
The Dalton Police Department's chaplains were recognized for their efforts to raise funds and toys for the annual Christmas party at the GreenHouse Child Advocacy Center, as well as providing counsel and assistance to crime victims as well as the officers of the Dalton Police Department and their families. Chaplain Saylors from the Sheriff's Office was honored for the assistance he gives to crime victims, and also for his work with the county's DARE program, and a "Shoes for Orphans" drive he conducts every year. "Chaplain Nancy" has been with the Hamilton Medical Center since March of 2008, and serves the GreenHouse's board of directors and also was instrumental in starting the Medical Center's SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse program. Dr. Nimmons was recognized as an indispensable member of the GreenHouse board, one of the leaders of the effort to help young victims of crime.
At the ceremony, Whitfield County Commissioner Mike Cowan read a proclamation recognizing everyone who works on behalf of crime victims, not just the chaplains honored on Wednesday.
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To read more:
Dalton Daily Citizen: Honoring Chaplains
Chattanooga Times-Free Press: Conasauga Chaplains Honored for Service