Bibb County sheriff’s deputy Amber Giltz has been named Officer of the Year by the Macon Exchange Club.
Giltz was recognized at the Exchange Club’s meeting Thursday, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
On Aug. 8, Giltz and another deputy answered a call at the Rosa Jackson Center. They met with a Department of Family and Children Services investigator in a case involving a woman and her teenage son who were homeless.
It was possible that the mother and her son would be separated, but Giltz wanted to do something to help keep them together.
She talked with the DFACS worker and asked if the youth could stay with his mother if Glitz could find them a place to stay. The DFACS worker agreed, and Giltz contacted the Daybreak Center, which provides services to homeless people in the area.
Glitz also contacted hotels until she found one that had a room where the mother and her son could stay. This enabled the child to continue attending school while the mother worked out a long-term plan for lodging.
Giltz received donations from co-workers and also spent money of her own for the room and groceries for the two.
Bibb County Sheriff David Davis expressed his pride in Giltz, calling the award well-deserved for the compassion she displays in her duties.