Enterprise police officer Tina Johnson always had a knack for helping kids. Early on, she worked at a daycare center. But after high school, she served three years in the Army, and then she became a police officer.
Last year, Johnson began a new journey that led her back to her original passion. She became the school resource officer at Enterprise High School. In just one year, she had made a positive impact on students and was considered an asset to the school. Her goal was to show the students that police officers are not bad people.
For her efforts, she was selected as a Silent Hero of the Wiregrass by Wiregrass Electric Cooperative’s Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation and WTVY.
“I want to make a difference while they are young so when they are older they realize that not all police officers are bad,” Johnson says."
The Silent Hero program is a partnership between Operation Round Up and WTVY. Operation Round Up is a program that allows WEC members to have their monthly energy bill rounded up to the next whole dollar. That money is then used for charitable contributions in the Wiregrass.
“There is no better way to devote your time than to help young people,” WEC Chief Operating Officer Brad Kimbro says. “She is making our area a better place to work and live, and we commend her for everything she is doing.”
Johnson, who received $1,000 from Operation Round Up, had a chance to speak about her job on the WTVY nightly news.
“I feel honored to be selected for such an award,” Johnson says. “Knowing that somebody saw me do something and they felt I deserved to be honored for this is a great feeling. I really can’t put into words how grateful I am.”