NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A memoir which began as a project to give to his family has resulted in a self-published book for a Nacogdoches career police officer.
Kenny Hensley said "By Choice" may change what some people think about law enforcement.
When an emergency call comes into the Nacogdoches Independent School District Police Department, the adrenaline still flows just like it did 26 years ago when he began a law enforcement career "By Choice."
"It does in a way, you know, just want to get there so nobody gets hurt," Hensley said.
"The choice was leaving the family business to become the officer," Hensley said. "That was my choice."
And one Hensley never regretted after signing up as rookie patrolmen with the Nacogdoches Police Department and quickly advancing to specialized duties. He even did Crime Stoppers reports for the East Texas News.
Hensley shares the vast number of experiences behind the badge in his book. Some are funny, and some are poignant like the time he held a dying child or saved the lives of twin babies.
"I think the wreck with the two kids is my highlight," Hensley said.
They're personal recollections, but he says in some ways, they're not.
"Every officer could tell these same stories. They may vary a little bit, but every officer out there could tell this same type of stuff," Hensley said. "They go through this day in and day out."
Hensley said he wants help readers see police officers as regular people.
"We're just people just like them. I'm no different than anybody else. I have feelings. I have family," Hensley said. "I have friends, just like everybody else. We're just doing a different job than we're doing."
The officer tries to send the message to students every day. His book is reaching a wider audience.
"No matter what we're wearing, we're just people and truly out there to help," Hensley said.
"By Choice" is available at the Nacogdoches Hastings store. A book signing is scheduled for next month. You can also find it online at Amazon Books and Barnes and Noble.