Top First Responder: Leroy Brooks
Sept. 26, 2012 at 4:26 a.m.
When did you decide you wanted to be a police officer?
Probably around 6 years old. As a kid, I watched police shows and at the end of the show, the bad guy was always captured and the crime solved. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen in real life.
How long have you been doing this?
Twenty-five years total. Ten years with the U.S. Army and 15 years with the city of Yoakum.
What is the most gratifying part of your job?
Receiving a handshake or hearing the words "thank you" from someone who really appreciates what you do for them.
What was the hardest part of your training?
Memorizing key parts of the Texas Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure.
How do you de-stress from your work?
Hanging out with my friends.
What hobbies/interests do you have?
Who is your hero and why?
My dad is my hero. My dad started my brothers and me mowing lawns at a very early age. He would get off work from his full-time job, and we would load up the truck and mow lawns in the evening. I didn't like it too much then, but I'm grateful now because it taught me the value of earning something yourself and not just having it given to you.
With holidays around the corner, what is on the top of your wish list this year?
A .22 caliber Henry lever action rifle, just because I've always wanted one and can't seem to win one with all the raffle tickets I buy.
Did you believe in Santa Claus? If so, how old were you when you stopped believing in Santa Claus?
Yes, I did believe in Santa Claus. I was probably 10 years old when I discovered that Santa was my mom and dad. What are three things that you could not live without?
I really don't have an answer.