Waterbury police officer defies the odds

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On this episode of NYBERG, a shining example of a police officer who loves to sing the National Anthem.

Andréa Saunders serves on the Waterbury police force. She wanted to become a police officer because it was a police officer who saved her life when she was a little girl.

She and her twin brother were in ten different foster homes before they were separated in their teenage years and then brought back together in Connecticut.

Four years ago she was on a call which included a 2 year old girl in crisis. She saw herself in that child…and now that little girl is her adopted daughter.

She is the department’s first African American female police officer of the year and my very inspiring guest.

The first time you put on the uniform, what did that mean?

It was a dream fulfilled, my mother didn’t get to see it, because she passed away, but it was something that  I had been looking forward to, it was so overwhelming, but it was a good feeling.

The National Anthem, what does that mean to you and why is it so important to you that you sing that?

“It’s a representation of everything that is good about this country.  I just get this great feeling, we have people that are fighting for us, people that are taking that front line while we stand back and they’re overseas for us so why not do a tribute.”

You can hear Saunder’s sing at Gampel Pavillion on January 10th. She’ll be singing the national anthem at the UCONN men’s basketball game when they take on Southern Methodist University.
     

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