Officer Wayne Slane has been at Hellstern Middle School for about a year now, and has been serving as a school resource officer. Tammy Guthrie is a math and science instructional facilitator who nominated the officer for this Salute the Badge.
“He is a kid magnet, he goes above and beyond what it takes to connect with these kiddos,” said Guthrie. “They think he’s cool. He’s pretty cool. He cares about them. He has a true love and a servant heart for these kids.”
Guthrie says his connection with the kids in and out of the classroom is what makes Slane so outstanding.
“Sometimes it’s hard to find him because he’ll either be in classes or in the halls or eating lunch with the kids,” said Guthrie.
Officer Slane doesn’t stop once the school bell rings. He recently organized a community service night with a cookout for local students.
“He keeps us safe. I would say that’s his main objective every day to keep us safe, and to make sure and build relationships with the kids so that they feel safe,” said Guthrie.