Madisonville's newest police officer is fulfilling a desire she has had since childhood - that of being a protector of her community.
The 38-year-old Brandy Reid, a Panhandle transplant, moved to Madisonville last week. She said it is a nice place with a lot of nice people, and wants to help keep it safe.
Reid moved from Amarillo to Dallas and met and married her husband, who now is Madisonville High School's basketball coach Chris Reid.
"When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a policeman. Growing up, you get strayed away from things, life hits you," she said. "It's something I always wanted to do. I like that mother figure to people."
Her father was the inspiration, as he also was in law enforcement.
"I took a leap of faith," she said.
Reid has been through the training academy in Navarro and graduated Dec. 15. After that, she put her application in for an open Madisonville position, and a week later was hired.
"God just opened that door," she said
Prior to her job as a police officer, Reid worked in the banking industry, sharpening her customer service skills.
"The thing that drew me to being a police officer is that I always wanted to serve and protect people," she said. "I want to serve my community and be a positive role model."
Reid said she is grateful that God presented the opportunity to work in Madisonville, and she intends to learn as much as she can as a police officer and let "God do the rest."
"This is where I'm supposed to be," she said.