What most people see is just a badge, behind and beyond the badge is what they need to know, the person. Thousands of good, honest and hardworking cops go to work each day to protect you and the communities that they love, knowing that they might not come home. They are no different than you; they face all that life has to offer in their personal lives, the good and the bad. They face that dreaded medical diagnosis, the loss of a spouse, family and friends killed in the line of duty. Each day they see what we as humans can do to each other, the graphic violence, and the sadness. This book offers stories about all first responders, from their perspective. The Village of First Responders, cops, fire fighters, paramedics, crime scene technicians, dispatchers and victim advocates. This book may not change your mind about first responders but by offering a different perspective perhaps it can open it.
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Donna Brown knows that there is so much more behind the badge that people don’t realize or understand. She spent much of her twenty-six-year career speaking to citizen groups in hope of educating and broadening minds about law enforcement. In retirement, she has continued this effort by collecting memoirs and biographies from members of law enforcement and other first responders. Over the last year, Donna has interviewed and collected the biographies of 21 law enforcement officers and first responders. Their stories reveal the people behind and beyond the badge.
Donna began her career in law enforcement when women were still relatively new to the profession. Like most new police officers, Donna began her career working the streets responding to calls for service. Eventually, she started training new recruits and turned that passion into teaching department-wide, at the academy, and to community groups.
When she was promoted to sergeant, she remained on the streets and continued training new recruits. Career progression moved Donna to the Criminal Investigation Division where she spent fifteen years with ten years supervising the Homicide Unit.
Donna received the Tallahassee Police Department’s award for bravery and the inaugural Commander and Chief’s Award for Excellence, which at that time was the department’s award for Officer of the Year. She was also recognized for her part with the Tallahassee Police Department’s team that responded to South Florida days after Hurricane Andrew devastated that area.
Donna is married, and together, they enjoy spending time with their four-legged fur babies, friends, and family.