IRONDALE, AL (WBRC) - It’s the ultimate sacrifice - making the decision to take a dangerous job and even risk your life. What inspires police officers to protect and serve?
This week is National Police Week, a time to remember fallen officers.
Irondale Police Officer Cole Coffey graduated from the police academy back in April. He is now undergoing training with a senior officer. He grew up in Vestavia Hills and he says being a police officer came naturally. “It’s just the family. I’ve had two generations of state troopers in my family. It’s just really something that inspired me to do this,” Coffey said.
Coffey is just 21 years old. He isn’t married. Aside from having relatives who were in law enforcement, what inspired Coffey to take a potentially dangerous job? “It’s just something new every day. You never know how the day is going to start. It could be sunny, rainy. It’s always something different,” Coffey said.
Police officers are facing tougher examinations across the country with the growth of social media and body cams watching their every move. Does that make Coffey second guess his profession. “No sir. Do your job to the fullest extent. Being able to go home with a clear conscious at the end of the day,” Coffey said.
It’s not lost on the young officer that going out on patrol could be his last. “Sure, but I know there is a higher power looking after me,” Coffey said.
Coffey said his goals are to do his job, rise up through the ranks, and make a difference in the community.