A Carroll County native’s answer to the call of a noble profession has led him back home where he can serve his community as a police officer. Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce has announced S.J. Brady as a full-time patrol officer for the department.
Brady said he has served on a part-time basis for the town since July 16 and became a full-time officer on August 16. After graduating in 2011 from New River Community College’s Criminal Justice Training Academy, Brady served four years as a law enforcement officer for the Wytheville Police Department. He is a Carroll County High School graduate, Class of 2000.
“It’s (being an officer) something I always wanted to do,” said Brady. “It’s something that has always been an honorable job.”
He said he has always enjoyed helping others, which is an important part of his chosen profession. Brady, who already has ties to the community, apparently relishes the chance for positive interaction with people he grew up with.
“Even if you’re just riding through a neighborhood, I love interacting with the kids,” Brady said. “You wave at them and they look like they’re not sure about waving back at first but do. It’s great to make a difference in kids lives. ”
He said his hobbies include fishing and hunting and added that his main hobby is his family.
Brady said the chance to serve the community and positively effect children to make good decisions is just another facet of citizenship and passing on the legacy of being a good citizen.
“My philosophy of law enforcement is to treat everyone the way I would like to be treated,” said Brady. “It’s about doing the right thing even when no one is looking. I’m looking forward to working here. It’s nice to be back around the people I’ve known all my life.”