I always ask the students in my leadership classes, who is someone that mentored you and shaped your life. Today, a female officer from the Gary PD said, "my Dad," then she explained.
She was 22 years old and 7 months pregnant. Driving in her hometown of Gary, she was shot 4 times, twice in the head. A random act of violence, the police didn’t follow through on finding the shooters. She was devastated.
Later, still recovering and now nine months pregnant, her dad encouraged her to become a police officer and change what she was upset about. That encouragement and her decision to serve changed that shooting from a tragedy to fuel for life.