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By Brian Ackley
City of Lake Wales 

New Liaison Officer is Driven by Heart, Commitment to Community


Last updated 10/29/2020 at 2:07pm

Ed Palmer participates in LWPD Shop with a Cop program

Ed Palmer officially became the Lake Wales Police Department's community liaison officer on Sept. 14.

But if you ask James "Perly" Sermons, it's been Palmer's calling for a lifetime – Sermons' lifetime.

The two first met when Palmer served as the School Resource Officer at Hillcrest Elementary when Perly was a student there. As luck might have it – others might call in Divine guidance – Palmer followed Sermons as an SRO when the youngster went to Roosevelt Academy and to Lake Wales High School.

"As long as I've known him, I've never heard bad about him," Sermons said. Now 31, he's pro...

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