Misty's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Opportunity Youth

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Palm Desert, CA

MISTY REYNOLDS

Lieutenant / Assistant Chief of Police
City of Coachella Police Department

“You've gotta do what scares you the most. Just find the thing that gives you a fire inside and focus on it.”

INTERESTS:

Government Law

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Self-Reflection Struggle Experience Negativity Confidence Desire Determination Fulfillment Values Family Hard Work

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

abuse, abusive household, anger, challenge, cop, drugs, family, fear, growing up, joy, law enforcement, mentors, noise, parents, pass away, police academy, self motivation, service, struggle, yoga

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up with a father who was addicted to drugs and an extremely abusive stepmother, a woman who she believed to be her mother.
  • Says she got to the point where she was actually glad when her parents did drugs because "at least they left [her] alone."
  • As a child, she was always trying to run away, so she had a lot of contact with law enforcement, who always tried their best to help her.
  • At the age of 18, she packed up her things into a laundry basket, got into her car, and left home forever.
  • Decided to enter the police academy; no one there could intimidate her after what she'd been through as a child.
  • Says she went from "that laundry basket full of clothes to a really nice husband and a really nice house...it's surreal."
  • In 2013, her father passed away, and shortly afterwards, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
  • She initially got angry, then had a "pity party," then finally said, "I'm not going to be the victim my whole life"; now she does yoga, takes her illness one day at a time.

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