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Rowan deputy honored for going "above and beyond call of duty" in helping WRMS student

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After picture of one of the chicken coops (Submitted photo) After picture of one of the chicken coops (Submitted photo)

School resource officers have an important job keeping your children safe everyday, but it's what happened off campus that earned a deputy at West Rowan Middle School a special honor.

Rowan County deputy Danny Lindley received the Hank Schneider Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award at a statewide S-R-O conference in Concord on Monday.

Lindley was honored for helping a student after a domestic situation involving the child's father. The father was charged with several crimes, including killing the boy's chickens.

The father also reportedly damaged chicken coops and a barn.

Deputy Lindley and other S-R-O's stepped in to help the child rebuild the coops and the barn.

"I was very upset and felt very bad for him because I knew he was a good kid and I'd say he's really proud," Deputy Lindley said.

"If you know officer Lindley, you know something like this is right up his alley,: Rowan Sheriff Kevin Auten said. "That is something he takes pride in . He's a country boy and this fits in with Danny and fits into his lifestyle."\

This is not the first time Deputy Lindley has been recognized for his work.

In 2014, WBTV spoke with him after he stopped a WRMS student armed with a clown mask and two butcher knives.

Investigators say the student started waving a butcher knife 'wildly in the air' while wearing a clown mask. It happened in the school's cafeteria.

That's when Lindley found the 14-year-old student waving a 12-inch butcher knife.

“As I approached the cafeteria, like I say, a lot of the children were running out and when I first got into the cafeteria I saw a subject standing there wearing a clown mask and holding a butcher knife in his hand," Lindley said. “He was not moving, he was just standing there with the knife straight out in front of me, so I went for my asp baton, which is a metal pipe, and I decided that since he wasn't making any aggressive moves toward me that I would try and just disarm him and get him to lay the knife down, go with that approach first.”

Deputy Lindley said he had to hit the student with a baton in his forearm three times to get him to drop the knife. He immediately placed the boy in handcuffs.

“He eventually lowered it down by his side, but he didn't drop the knife, so after two more times of commanding him to drop the knife and he wasn't making any more moves, I stepped toward him and did a couple strikes with the asp baton," Lindley continued. “He dropped the knife then. He never said a word, he just stood there and I took him and put him against the wall and patted him down for additional weapons.”

Another butcher knife was found in the student's book bag, the sheriff said.

At the time, Lindley said he could have shot the teen, but decided to use a less lethal method to stop him.

“A person with a knife, we're basically trained that we can use up to and including deadly force," Lindley added. "I felt that since there were no other children around him and no one was in immediate danger that I would start at the lower end of the use of force continuum which would be the asp baton.”

Deputy Lindley was awarded the Blue Line Brotherhood Officer of the Year Award for his quick action in that case.

Deputy Lindley and his wife, Carol, have one daughter and they are the "very doting" grandparents of a granddaughter.

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