Jessica Walker is This Week’s Caught in the Act Award Recipient
Jessica Walker cried and so did Bristol when we read the letter describing the merits of this week's Caught in the Act award recipient on air this morning.
Ashley wrote to us, telling us about the efforts of Shreveport Police Officer Jessica Walker and her husband, fellow officer, Greg. As law enforcement officers, both are dedicated to serving and protecting the public, but Jessica has taken her advocacy even further when it comes to serving her fellow officers and the citizens of Shreveport through F.I.R.S.T. Chance.
Just read the letter we got from Ashley about Jessica and you'll see why this an easy choice.
I would like to tell you about an amazing women that not only is a gift from God, she is a gift to Shreveport and the surrounding areas.
Jessica Walker and her husband, Greg, are both officers with the Shreveport Police Department. Each serve the city of Shreveport not only through their choice of career but are also constantly giving back to this community . A few years ago Greg became a statistic and was shot in the line of duty. He had a full recovery, but others have not been as fortunate. After the death of a fellow officer, Thomas LaValley, and the incident with her husband, Jessica decided to embark on a personal journey to make sure no one else ever had to experience what Greg and others have had to. So, she searched for an answer and the answer she found has turned into a movement of change that would help protect and save the lives of our officers and local citizens. Jessica started F.I.R.S.T. Chance, a 501©3 non-profit organization, that is a frontline incident response team, providing the necessary, life-saving tools and training to key individuals in our communities to help save lives in times of emergency. Officers from all agencies are provided not only with a Quick Clot kit that helps to stop bleeding until the paramedics can get to the wounded civilian and or officer, but also the proper training by a certified trauma surgeon who volunteers his time and efforts. It never occurred to me that paramedics and ambulances aren’t always able to get to the victim immediately. No responder is allowed to aid the wounded person until it's no longer a hot zone and the police have cleared it as such. Therefore, each officer must be prepared and trained to help the injured on the spot without any aid from medically trained professionals.
F.I.R.S.T. Chance kits and training have saved many a life. One that was near and dear was the recent El Compadre shooting during a robbery. F.I.R.S.T. Chance training was administered and helped to save Juan's life.
Jessica is an involved wife, mother of two young children, has a career and still finds time to recruit sponsorship for F.I.R.S.T. Chance. More so, it's not the only organization she works to get donations for. All you have to do is visit her Facebook page and she is always posting and asking for support for other organizations in the community. This is the kind of POSITIVE LEADERSHIP we need here. She truly leads by example for her children, her community and her fellow officers.
This community is lucky to have her; I’m lucky to have the opportunity to call her my friend.
Jessica Walker, thank you for being an inspiration to us all and a big reason why this is the greatest place in America to live!
And because you've been "Caught in the Act" the gang at Silver Star Smokehouse have a $100 Gift Certificate for you and the family to come have dinner on them!
Take a listen to the phone call we made to Jessica to let her know that she was this week's Caught In The Act Award recipient.