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2012 Recipients


Officer Timothy Damm
Franklin Police Department

Officer Tim Ham of the Franklin Police Department has been selected to be honored for his exemplary response and capture of two armed robbery suspects in August of 2011. Officer Ham had just finished his shift and was on his way home when he spotted the suspects in Cool Springs. Both suspects were quickly taken into custody. Axel, a Franklin Police K9 was credited with finding the gun that suspects threw from the getaway car following the robbery. Officer Ham’s quick response and excellent service in the apprehension of these suspects has made him highly deserving of recognition by his department and this community. In his free time Officer Ham enjoys riding his motorcycle and going to the gym. His family includes his mother, father, sister, and brother.

Assistant Fire Chief Todd Horton
Franklin Fire Department

Assistant Chief Todd Horton has proudly served the Franklin Fire Department since 1989. He develops and compiles the department’s budget, handles the purchase of equipment, supplies and all administrative purchasing. In addition, Assistant Chief Horton conducts the department’s grant writing and is responsible for communication equipment and software. His coordination of the department’s IT is superb. Assistant Chief Horton is so highly skilled he was “borrowed” by the City of Franklin after the flood of 2010 to assist in coordinating all FEMA reporting and documentation. Without a doubt, Assistant Chief Horton deserves this year’s Hope Award representing the Franklin Fire Department as a highly respected and unanimously nominated role model for all. Assistant Chief Horton has been married to his wife Pam for 22 years. They have 2 daughters, Hannah and Regan.

Deputy Telayna Luttrell
Williamson County Sheriff's Department

Deputy Telayna Luttrell exemplifies the finest attributes of a Williamson County Sheriff’s Deputy. She often exceeds expectations and rises to the occasion when a life or lives depend on it. In July of this year, Deputy Luttrell encountered such a situation. While on patrol she found a women sitting on top of the Natchez Trace Bridge with her legs dangling over the railing. Deputy Luttrell approached the woman and was able to convince her to move away from the edge of the bridge and to be taken to Emergency Medical Services. It was later confirmed that it was the woman’s intent to take her own life. For this act of heroism and for exhibiting the finest characteristics of a first responder and lifesaver, Deputy Luttrell is a well deserved recipient of the 2012 Hope Award. Deputy Luttrell is a single mother of a seven year old daughter, Lilly, and with the help of her mother, also assists in the care of her brother’s three children. In her free time, Deputy Luttrell is a photographer who donates her services to families in the areas who cannot afford professional photos of their children.