You don't have to talk religion to know the faith of Lt. Jennifer Daley of the Davis County Sheriff's Office.
You can see her beliefs in the job she does.
Daley received an Athena Award last week from the Davis Chamber of Commerce for her public service, which has included countless hours above and beyond the call of duty. She makes a point of consoling many families of those who die tragically in Davis County.
At the awards presentation, Cop Jen, as she has become known, told of her belief in being called by God to do her job.
"I really feel like I am cut out for what I do. That this is the calling of my life," she said in an interview. "I feel blessed to have walked a mile in my own shoes."
Cop Jen is a member of Layton Christian Life Center.
A native of the Pennsylvania/Maryland border area, Cop Jen said she was raised with old-fashioned values.
"We grew up spiritually," she said, pointing to the Golden Rule and other Scriptures she came to know well.
"Whatever you do unto to the least of these," was among those phrases she recalls hearing from her youth.
"My mom's rules and the things she taught us about all that helped in this career," she said.
Cop Jen reaches out to "the least of these" when she addresses the root causes of repeat offenses in families.
"When I saw the same calls to the same houses over and over, I realized I needed to help people," she said.
Cop Jen has been known to research community resources and 12-step programs for those in crisis.
"I'd respond back," she said. "I'd just listen. Everyone has a story."
And as she has given of herself, Cop Jen has found herself becoming a part of people's families.
"They invite me to baptisms and special events," she said.
One woman even asked the officer to smell her son's shoes because they still had his scent.
Some of these relationships have continued for 15 years or more.
It's likely that some of Cop Jen's dedication was born of tragedy in her own life. Her fiance and her sister died in a car accident in 1987.
She said it meant a great deal to her to know that the police and paramedics who responded to the accident attended their funerals. She took comfort in seeing their signatures in the guest books at their services.
In like manner, Cop Jen said she always signs the guest books at the funerals of victims of tragedy.
"I sign Jen Daley," she said. "I put deputy paramedic by my name. I would love those paramedics back in North Carolina to know that I have paid it forward."
And it wasn't just this loss that has molded Cop Jen into a woman of empathy.
She also followed the tutelage of a woman whose life and career were altered after being hit by a drunk driver while on duty. This woman, then named Denise Lichliter, survived thanks to a bullet-proof vest she was wearing.
To this day, Cop Jen insists on wearing her vest while in the car on duty, and she follows a passion for catching drunken drivers, too. The wall in her office is filled with awards for being among the top Davis County officers for DUI arrests.
Cop Jen also has faced hard times. She said she had learned that people find their own way when they don't have what they need.
When Cop Jen moved herself to Utah as a young woman before starting her career, she recalls having little more than the clothes on her back. She said she slept on the floor for eight months.
"I am grateful for the trying times I've had because it makes me who I am," she said.
And Cop Jen also believes the people she has helped have molded her into the woman she has become.
"I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led to those who help us most to grow," she said in her acceptance speech for her award, quoting the well-known Broadway play "Wicked."
"I know I am who I am today because I knew you. So much of me is made from what I learned from you. You will be with me like a handprint on my heart."