Have you ever watched anyone
working in their element and thought to yourself, wow that person is doing exactly
what they were built for?
Jen is a police
officer. Her and I have been training
together for the last few months. While
she’s lifting weights I get to hear her really cool stories about work the day
before. My jaw drops when I listen to all
that happens in our city and think about what she puts herself through and the
risks that she takes everyday to help us live in a safe place.
I want to make her stronger
so she can wrestle bad guys more effectively.
It motivates me!
She surprised me one day
when she invited me on a ride-along. I jumped at the opportunity but as the day
came closer, it stirred up fears within me that made me almost back out. I thought to myself…
“What happens if we pick up
a murder and I have to sit in the back with him?”
“What if they didn’t pat him
down enough and the guy pulls a gun out when we’re not looking?”
“What if Jen and her partner
go into a house and the bad guys run out and steel the cop car with me in it?”
“What if they run a
background check on me and find the skeletons in my closet?”
Just kidding about the last
one… sort of.
The scardy-cat in me wanted
to back out, but the small voice within me behind all the chaos said if I did
that, think about the potential awesome opportunity I would be missing out on… How many other aspects of life can we apply
Jen welcomed me all suited
up in her bulletproof gear. “Am I going
to get one of those???” I didn’t. I wondered if I should be more or less
From what I get to see of
Jen she is sweet, considerate and radiantly beautiful in and out. She has a
personality that makes you feel so welcome and so comfortable. It was cool to
see her element, ready to take on the challenges most of us try our best to
They kept me safe through
some high-speed driving – which was awesome!
Riding with Jen and her
partner gave me a glimpse into what they do for every single person in this
city – they keep us protected. I began
to feel that they should be genuinely thanked for stepping out on the line for us
Thank you Jennifer and Tyler
for an incredible experience I will never forget.