Volunteer of the Year 2014
Taylor Samek became an intern with the Lincoln Police Department in May of 2013 as part of his studies at Hastings College. Taylor immediately demonstrated a desire to learn and become involved with all that he could.
In addition to routine tasks within the Education and Personnel Unit, Taylor didn't hesitate when asked to help with role playing during SWAT and K9 training. Many times, Taylor would be working with these two groups during night time training after working all day in Education and Personnel. It wasn't uncommon to see Taylor at the department early in the mornings as well as on weekends. Upon completion of his internship, Taylor had volunteered over 500 hours in time to the Lincoln Police Department.
While volunteering his time earlier with LPD's K9 unit, Taylor met and took an immediately liking to Officer John Clarke. John took the time to sit down with Taylor and talk with him about pursuing a career in criminal justice. The time John took to speak with him left a lasting impression on Taylor.
Upon learning of Officer Clarke's unexpected death in February of 2013, Taylor knew he wanted to help John's family in any way he could. Taylor worked tirelessly with several offices at both Hastings College and the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to organize a charity basketball game pitting the Hastings College Men's basketball team against former Husker football players. The event was a success and Taylor was pleased to present Officer Clarke's family with over $6,200.00!
Taylor has made a huge impression on the Lincoln Police Department, its employees and extended "family". In recognition of his tireless enthusiasm and dedication, the Awards Committee is pleased to present Taylor Samek with the LPD 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award.