Hospital officials credited Lamping’s quick actions for saving the infant’s life, Salazar said. He also was an active board member on the Whittier Police Officer Association, serving as its president for two years. “Tom’s strong work ethic was demonstrated by the fact that he did not use any sick time, even though he was ill for almost one year before being diagnosed with cancer,” Salazar said. “Tom could always be counted on at work or with his side work as a successful contractor. Tom’s hard work was a testament of his love for his family and for police work.” Lamping is survived by his wife, Janet, and four daughters, Amy, Rebecca, Kaitlyn and Savannah. In lieu of flowers, his family asked that donations be made to the Tom Lamping Children’s Education Fund, c/o Whittier Municipal Employee Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 9305, Whittier, CA 90608. WHITTIER – Funeral services will be held today for Whittier Police Department Sgt. Tom Lamping, who died Sunday of complications from cancer. He was 51. Services begin at 9 a.m. in the Sky Rose Chapel at Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, 3888 Workman Mill Road. Lamping was diagnosed with a rare heart tumor last August, police officials said. “He worked until the day before his surgery,” said the Police Department’s spokeswoman, Diana Salazar. Lamping’s roots in Whittier ran deep. A 1973 graduate from California High School in Whittier, he began his career as a reserve officer before being hired by the Whittier Police Department in 1980. He went on to serve for 22 years with the department, including stints as an investigator and a detective before becoming a sergeant six years ago. Colleagues called him hard working and dedicated. Salazar recalled how Lamping in 1998 saved the life of a 6-week-old infant who had stopped breathing. Realizing that time was of the essence, Lamping and his partner, Sgt. Dan Lowe, rushed the baby to a hospital in their squad car, with Lowe driving and Lamping administering CPR to the infant.