On a scarce warm Thursday in October the sun made 54 degrees feel like 70. Lamar, a campus police officer stood out to me. His shoulders were broad and his eyes were on alert.
“I’ve worked here for 16 years,” he told me. After sharing a little about his day and some of his struggles he turns it right back around, saying that being a police officer isn’t for everyone, “But I look at them like I’m their big brother.”
He recalls graduation and taking pictures with student’s families. The pay-off to the job, he boasts, is seeing those same students walk across the stage who struggled every day between classes.
Lamar is one of those guys some only notice when they need him but in others he has a lasting impact.