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May 22, 2013
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Chief of Police James Peschong, 402.441.7237
Officer Katie Flood, Public Information Officer, 402.441.7226

Employees Saddened by Death of Sergeant Tom Hamm

Lincoln Police Sergeant Thomas L. Hamm, age 53, has died. Sergeant Hamm was a 24-year veteran of the Lincoln Police Department. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his three daughters, Bethany, Charity and Haley; his parents and other family members. Sergeant Hamm was found deceased at 10:20 P.M., May 21, 2013, in a wooded area near 75th & Panama Road. He was located by a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy who had been called to the area. Sergeant Hamm appears to be the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Sergeant Hamm has been employed with the Lincoln Police Department for 24 years. During his tenure with the department, he served on all five police teams. He was also assigned to the Criminal Investigations Unit and was a certified Crime Scene Investigator through the International Association for Identification. He supervised the crime scene processing for many serious crimes and handled these additional duties for over a decade. For eight years, he was an active member of the department's pistol team and competed nationally in competitions. In April 1998, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Just prior to his death, he was a uniform street supervisor for the Northwest Team.

During his career, Sergeant Hamm received scores of commendations and awarded the Exceptional Duty Award, Safe Driving Award, Certificate of Civic Achievement and Honorable Mention under the Mayor's Award of Excellence program.

Tom was a dedicated Lincoln Police Officer who loved his job, the people he worked with and our community. He was committed to making Lincoln a safer place for everyone to live and raise a family. He will be greatly missed by his family, coworkers and friends.

Sergeant Thomas Hamm

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