Local Hero Offers Hope to Victims of Domestic Violence

Some of America's greatest heroes serve with police badges and bulletproof vests. As our nation’s protectors, police officers are just a call away when trouble arises. But officers like Aimee Deane in Mount Pleasant, Tenn., go above the call of duty, becoming a beacon of hope for people in need.

Tennessee ranks as the third most dangerous state for women when it comes to being killed by men, and Verizon Wireless recently recognized Officer Deane for her outstanding work serving as the domestic violence liaison in Mount Pleasant. On top of her regular duties, Deane makes sure her mobile phone is always on so she can be accessible around the clock to help victims find safety and to take abusers to jail.

Verizon honored Deane with a HopeLine Hero award during a recent Vanderbilt University home football game in front of 40,000 football fans.

Verizon focuses on domestic violence prevention and assistance through its philanthropic HopeLine program. The company’s HopeLine Hero award honors members of the community who use their influence to bring greater awareness to prevention efforts.

Tommy Goetz, the Chief of Police in Mount Pleasant, said, “Officer Deane is a valuable asset to our department and continues to excel in her duties as liaison officer between our department and domestic violence victims, victims’ families and the courts. We are proud to have one of our own honored for her important and excellent work.”

In addition to the award, Deane was given the opportunity to select a domestic violence agency to receive a $2,500 grant through the HopeLine program. Deane selected Center of Hope in Columbia, Tenn., a nonprofit dedicated to combating domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking in Maury County.