MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - In First Responders, we meet up with Ashley Hannah of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.
She has been in law enforcement since 2011 and now protects the roads of the county. Hannah’s interest in law enforcement began through a personal experience when she was a child.
“When I was 10-years-old I had Chicken Pox and at home by myself when someone broke in,” Hannah says.
She says her mother was a dispatcher at the time and she called her instead of 911. She says it was her mothers’ voice giving out the address over the scanner that spooked the burglar. A scary moment followed by a calming police officer.
“I was a kid a terrified. He sat there with me and I know he was terrified of getting chicken pox. He sat there and soothed me down and talked to me for a little while. I remember thinking that this the job I want. I want to do something where I can help people and protect people,” Hannah says.
Hannah likes to be the person that causes change and through her role as a deputy she tries to have a positive impact on the community despite what some might think about officers.
“I like to be that person that shows up and talks to people and helps them in their situation, or at least gives them guidance on what they can do. That way it restores the faith. Maybe if people remember there was one good officer that they’re not as negative toward law enforcement,” Hannah says.
Hannah conducts herself in the way she explains, caring and understanding while at the same time cautious. She says her future in law enforcement will continue.
“I’d like to spread my wings and become a detective or some type of investigator just to focus on one thing,” Hannah says.
Hannah isn’t letting anything hold her back.
“You can’t really tell me what I can’t do. That’s like my motivation to be able to do it. As long as it’s morally and ethically right I’m going to try it,” Hannah says.
To stay up to date with our First Responders series tune in every Sunday night for Newscenter 11 at 10:00 p.m. and on Good Morning Meridian on Monday mornings.