Wassom named officer of month

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Wassom named officer of month | RCSO, Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Greg Wassom

Owner/General Manager David Lee of Ford of Murfreesboro presents an engraved watch to Rutherford County Sheriff’s Cpl. Greg Wassom, who saved a suicidal man’s life. At right is Capt. Steve Spence, Wassom’s supervisor.
A Rutherford County Sheriff’s corporal who convinced a suicidal man not to end his own life was named Officer of the Month for December by Ford of Murfreesboro.

Cpl. Greg Wassom received an engraved watch from Owner and General Manager David Lee of Ford of Murfreesboro. Ford of Murfreesboro presents the Officer of the Month award to an outstanding officer chosen by the sheriff’s office.

 Training Capt. Steve Spence, who nominated Wassom, said the corporal responded to a call Dec. 22 where a man on East Gum Road told officers he wanted to die.

The man was armed with a handgun and kept it at his side. He made statements several times he wanted to die or wanted the officers to kill him.

Wassom negotiated with the man for two hours. During the negotiations, the man received calls on his cell phone that made the negotiations more difficult. After the man’s phone service was cut off, Cpl. Wassom began face-to-face conversations with him.

“Cpl. Wassom was able to persuade the man to place his weapon down and give up to the officers,” Spence said. “Cpl. Wassom’s outstanding negotiations saved the man’s life.”

Lee said, “Cpl. Wassom showed compassion and bravery in this situation. We are so lucky to have such fine officers in the sheriff’s office.”