Salute the Badge: sergeant with Pott. Co. Sheriff's Office carving his way to kindness

Left to right: Sergeant Steve Winchell at Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Sergeant Steve Winchell chainsaw carving at his home

First responders in the Omaha metro serve their communities in many ways both on and off the job.

Sergeant Steve Winchell of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office is one of those people.

FOX 42 found out that besides his work with the sheriff’s office he’s also carving his way to kindness.

"It's the right thing to do."

Helping people: that's what Sergeant Winchell loves to do both on and off the job. He's worked for the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office since 2004.

Winchell said, "It's an amazing profession."

When he's not out chasing bad guys or saving someone's life he does chainsaw carvings.

"I'm not an artist. I can't draw these bears, but I can carve them with a chainsaw."

It's a hobby for him and one that he uses to help others.

Winchell said, "Over the years I've had an opportunity to make carvings for different charities. People can bid on them and then whoever the winner is they just get a hold of me and we talk about what they want."

It’s something he’s done to help organizations like Heartland Family Services.

Winchell says some of the carvings have been bid on for more than $200 with all the money going towards the charity in need.

Winchell said, "Doing that kind of stuff just kind of makes the world go round, makes things a little bit better."

Winchell’s daughter, Elyse, said, "He's just the best dad ever and I really want to be like him when I grow up."

Winchell’s wife, Kelsey, said, "For me it's both gratifying that he can take time to do that for our community."

Winchell said, "It's just another way to be helpful and just to do something for somebody else, and be a blessing to somebody else."

Sergeant Winchell also volunteers at his church. He's served as an usher for many years.

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