● By Wendy Sipple
Judd Holiday had a successful 30-year career in law enforcement, but his most memorable on-the-job experience isn’t what you might expect.
One harrowing night in the ’80s, he found himself talking to an abused 16-year-old boy who had climbed up a tree with the intention of committing suicide. Holiday managed to talk the boy down, but the incident stuck with him. “At the time, I was just starting a family. I was busy...but I thought, someday I’m going to have time in my life to get involved in a program that helps children on an individual basis.”
Holiday has stayed true to that promise. Since his retirement from law enforcement in 2009, he has been an active member of Child Advocates of Placer County, a group whose volunteers work as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and mentors for abused or neglected children going through the court system. “We get them to move in more positive directions,” Holiday explains. He says volunteering is both immensely rewarding and not nearly as onerous as it sounds. “It’s easy to get involved,” he says, noting that many volunteers have full-time jobs and children of their own.
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