As a father, Officer Mike Conway said it can be difficult to work with abused children. "It takes a toll on you from you know certain cases in certain areas, but you kind of have to put that aside and focus on what's at hand."
He's been doing it every day for the past three years of his career with the Erie Police Department.
Colleagues said, his recognition as Officer of the Month is more than merited.
"He's well deserving... he does outstanding work," said 1st Assistant District Attorney Bob Sambroak.
"We're dealing with victims out here that are small children in many cases, or young people, and they can't represent themselves," said Police Chief Steve Franklin, "so we need to have a good representative in the way of law enforcement, and this is why he was recognized for what he's done out there... representing those children that can't defend themselves."
Conway was very humble as he accepted his award, saying he never acts alone; he's supported by a dedicated team.
"It's just part of the job," he said. "Working with the Crime Victim Center... and the Children's Advocacy Center makes it a lot easier to perform these duties."
He's still honored by the award, which was voted on by the public. "I think there's a lot of patrol officers that deserve this more than I do," Conway said, "but it's nice to be recognized for the job that you do."