This week we're excited to feature Brooke Gaines! A patrol officer who balances work, fitness, the day-to-day grind, and of course living and eating healthy! Here's why Brooke is our Everyday ICON of the week...
What do you do? (Job-wise)
I’m a patrol officer. My day includes patrolling my cities neighborhoods and businesses, protecting and serving the public, taking calls and enforcing traffic laws.
What made you want to become a police officer?
My favorite quote is, “be the change you want to see in the world.” I wanted to be the cop that changes people's minds about the police. I wanted to be a positive light and bring America back to supporting the police rather than gripe about it on social media. I got out and made a difference. I feel God has called me to be a police officer and I couldn’t be happier.
Why ICON Meals? What makes us different?
I chose ICON Meals because the quality of the food is unmatched. I’ve tried several brands of pre-packaged meals that didn’t taste well, were not fresh and were frozen. Icon Meals are always fresh, packaged with dry ice, and actually taste good! My meals always arrive within days of the order and the service that Icon provides is top-notch.
If a child asked for advice what would you tell them?
That there is more good in the world than bad. I work in a profession where I see nothing but negativity, pain, suffering, and people at their worst. However, I refuse to believe that there is more bad in the world than good. Keep your head up and stay positive.
You are a social media “influencer” what are you doing to be “influential” in today’s society?
I try my best to promote positivity and bring that humanization to the badge. We are people like everyone else. I like to show that side of the job not only for me but for others as well.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
My mother. She is the kindest and most giving person I have ever known. She would give the shirt off her back to a stranger and every dime she had to someone in need. I try to be like her every day and I’m blessed to have been raised by such a strong God-fearing woman like her. I give her credit for all my success because she prays over me daily.
How do you balance work and life demands?
It’s hard to balance work, fitness, daily chores and social life. The days run together but I can’t complain. God has blessed me and I make time for what’s important to me.
What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?
I want to inspire other females. I’ve worked so hard to get where I’m at and I’m so happy as a police officer, but it is not easy. I constantly have to train and work harder than the average person to gain respect in this job, but it can be done. I want more women in the police force and believe we are a huge asset to our agencies.
What are your favorite ICON Meals?
I love the cheesy ravioli and meatballs, the steak and mushroom omelet, and the beef patty with cheddar bacon and potatoes! Yum! I could go on but those are my favs.
Follow Brooke Gaines on IG at @ofc.bgaines_714
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