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Working from home gives me the flexibility to work when and where I want to. I can’t tell you the last time I had to think about whether or not I was going to work on a holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. After sitting down and thinking of the many who consistently work on holidays, I realized I had been taking my flexibility for granted. However, for people like Officer Jwaun Mitchell, working on Thanksgiving is something that is expected when you are protecting and serving.
Officer Jwaun Mitchell is a long time friend of my husband. He served as an usher on our wedding day and is serving in a different way these days. Jwaun recently graduated from the our local police academy and now works on the local police force. Becoming a police officer isn’t the most desired occupation, especially with the current law and race issues in America, but Jwaun has prepared for his position as an officer and was made for the job.
I wanted to be a police officer because it’s something that everyone can’t do. My lifestyle has always been structured and centered around making good decisions. I have always taken pride in the way people view me. It just seemed natural. A police officer is a direct reflection of my lifestyle and the way I carry myself. It felt like me.
Giving up spending time with your family during holidays doesn’t hurt so bad when you love what you do. I asked Jwaun why he enjoys being an officer. His answer was more than to wear a badge and gun.
“What I like most about my job is that I get to be exceptional, unusual, a problem solver, a role model, a person most needed and an example that you can make good choices and decisions.”
I am nominating Officer Jwaun Mitchell as my La Brea Bakery Thanksgiving Hero because protecting and serving is the epitome of a hero. I can enjoy time with my family knowing that there are good police officers who want only to be problem solvers and of service to the community.
You can vote for my Thanksgiving Hero here or nominate your own by visiting this link to the La Brea Bakery Thanksgiving Hero Contest. Officer Mitchell and others are in the running to be one of five finalists will be chosen to have a fully catered meal delivered to them on Thanksgiving Day.
There’s Still Time to Enter the La Brea Bakery Thanksgiving Hero Contest
- Visit the La Brea Facebook Page
- Click the “Thanksgiving Heroes” tab to create your form submission
- In 100 words or less, share about your family member (Hero) that you will be unable to share Thanksgiving dinner with
- Submit at least one photograph showing both you and your family member (Hero)
- Submissions must be received by November 15th 2015.
- Finalists will be announced November 17th 2015, after which the public will have a chance to vote for their favorites through November 20th 2015.
- Five finalists will receive fully catered meals on Thanksgiving, delivered by LaBrea Bakery.