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Behind the Badge October 13, 2017

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Behind the Badge October 13, 2017 Sat, 14 Oct 2017 04:30:05 +0000 Behind the Badge October 13, 2017 Behind the Badge October 13, 2017 KTVX ABC 4 Salt Lake City unity center in salt lake city. her police career almost didn't happen. the first time tiffany atkin started to apply she decided not to apply. but a day later she actually signed up.... tonight in our behind the badge report... we meet officer tiffany atkin and find out why she feels "lucky" to serve the people of st. george. [a23]behind the badge-pkg 1:33-1:39 "someone over to my left was having a diabetic seizure and i felt so helpless because i couldn't do anything to help her." that moment moved tiffany atkin to become a paramedic. "i went right home and told my husband i want to get my emt. and so i did - i got my basic certification and went ahead and got my advanced emt." and for the next ten years the mother of four worked full and part time as a paramedic. "when i saw someone in need or in need of help i always had this desire to take action." but when she turned 40 atkin decided to make a switch from paramedic to police. she says while she enjoyed serving as an emt - this is where she really belonged. "as long as i can remember i wanted to be a police officer." and the reason - she says every day she has opportunities to help people. " i can - at people's worst or best - i can make a difference. i can be there to keep them safe. i've been there when they lost loved ones and i can be there to comfort. in need of help i have the tools and knowledge to help them. what can be better?" sometimes those opportunities come in the form of lessons. "i guess were going to have a chat." "i'm officer atkin. do you know why i stopped you?" "at first when i hired on i thought - what's the big deal? why write tickets? now i understand its to change behavior." "you got to be safe behind the wheel." and sometimes, she says, helping others has put her in scary situations. "the husband is possibly armed with a couple of weapons. we can't see him. and all the unknowns." "it was a little frightening." fortunately that call ended peacefully. that type of call has been rare for the 43 year old officer. she says that has allowed her to focus on serving her southern utah community. "people complain about traffic or crime and a lot of people can't do anything about it. i can. i'm very fortunate. very fortunate." "i love every aspect of my job. i'm the luckiest person to do what i do." don to see officer atkin's story and other behind the badge stories... go to good 4 utah dot com slash badge. and while you are there - if you know an outstanding officer - there's a form there ... to

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