There is a very long list of reasons why I back the blue. I studied Criminal Justice in undergrad and it has always been my passion. I have three mentors to thank for that. As a high school student, I participated in the local Explorers program. I stayed in the program much longer than is "allowed" and continued to be involved throughout college. It was largely due to the relationship I built with the Deputy leading the program. His family became my family. All three of my mentors showed me the compassion, skill, attention and dedication that it takes to be a LEO.
Those mentors are my friends and throughout college and my adult life, I've come to be friends with several others that serve in law enforcement. One of my very best friends is a probation officer. Then we moved to Mount Holly and our neighbor was a K9 Officer. We loved his K9 and his family.
When we moved to North Carolina in 2004, Mooresville was home. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Catawba County, but Mooresville was still my "stomping grounds". It's where my first job was, where many of my friends were, where I shopped and hung out.
While the population has grown a lot since 2004, it's still a great little town.
Last weekend, that great little town lost a good man, Officer Jordan Sheldon. A man that was protecting and serving, like he chose to do. A man that gave his life protecting his community.
The outpouring of support has made me cry numerous times this week. I'm grateful for the positive comments, prayers and well wishes for his family. For the thousands of community members that attended his memorial service, stood along the procession route today and sent prayers from across the country.
While I pray that no other officer ever loses his or her life again, I know that won't be the case. So, I also pray that the support carries on long after we begin to heal from this tragedy. I pray that the community will continue to support our officers in good times and bad times. I pray that there will be a constant display of appreciation and that we never need another tragedy to bring us together again.
We will never forget, Officer Jordan Sheldon.
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!