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Ashley Smith has been a police officer for going on 10 years and is still very much in love with what she does. She is a hero that serves & protects while taking a genuine interest in spreading love and positivity. Ashley shares her story…
I’ve been on this job for almost 10 years and I have a lot of memorable moments, from reviving an elderly man that had a heart attack, to solving a case involving $137K of equipment larceny.
I’ll be honest and say that my cases are not what is most memorable; the small encounters I get with people are what I remember.
The lady crying hysterically because her child is missing and I am able to calm her down.
The father who is besides himself because his marriage is over and I am able to console him.
The elderly couple that got into an accident and don’t know how they are getting home so I give them a ride.
The little kid who is being picked on at school and is just looking for some love and positive attention.
The baby I take from the new mothers arms that won’t stop crying and I get her to calm down so the mother has a minute of peace.
The argument a couple has that I get them to workout.
Escorting the winning high school football team to the stadium with my lights and sirens going to show how proud my department is of them.
These are the interactions I remember most. These are the memories I love and hold dear to give me comfort and keep me going.
The worst part of my job is the negative stereotypes that cops receive. There are bad eggs out there, I’ll be the first to admit that, but we are not all bad and I dislike when people treat us that way. We are humans under this uniform; we feel, we cry, we hurt, we bleed just the same as everyone else.
I am very grateful for my Thin Blue Line family. The brotherhood/sisterhood that all of us have, not only as cops but law enforcement in general, is out of this world. We are one family very close and that comrade cannot be matched. I love these guys and gals with all of my being and I will have their backs everyday of my life.
My personal hero is my mother. She is the most kind, patient, giving, wonderful woman I know; if I can grow up to be half the woman she is, I would be happy. She is my rock through good times and bad, and I most certainly would not be where I am today if it were not for the amazing parents I have.