First responders put their lives at risk for others even off-duty

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - First responders helped save hundreds of lives in Las Vegas amidst the shooting. Some, in work clothes, other's in their cowboy boots.

A lot of times, their work becomes a necessity during unexpected times, and Monroe Police Department PIO, Reggie Brown says this is something he knows too well.

In 2008 he experienced something unexpected and that has shaped him into the officer he is today.

"On Saturday, day planned, sun was out," he says, "and in a split second all that was changed."

Brown was getting ready to drive off with his family when a neighbor came rushing towards him asking for help. She was running from a man that was threatening to attack her and that's when things took a turn for the worse.

"Immediately, the vehicle the suspect was in turns the corner and pulls up right beside the vehicle with me and my family." He says, "He pulls a gun, and pointed directly at the vehicle."

Luckily for Brown, his police training was able to help in such an unexpected situation. Brown, his wife, and daughter were unharmed and Brown says even through a situation like that, he has never reconsidered his job.

He stressed that the courage first responders have are what makes them stronger than any criminal.

"If you're not willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, you're no good as a police officer, because if an opportunity arrises, we hope it never does, you're gonna let yourself down, and let everybody else down that you're serving," Brown said.