During some of the lowest points of my life, I've dealt with officers of the court system. Most of the time, these officers are cold and only add to what is already a desperate and scary situation. Last year, when I was awaiting trial, I was escorted and handled by Emily Heffern. I remember her name because of how different she was than the rest.
She was kind, even though she was being assertive. She looked at me as though I was a human, and spoke to me with understanding and compassion. I can't express how important small acts of kindness like this are, always, but especially when matters of the law are involved. I think about our interactions frequently and have been hoping to find some way of recognizing her. She is great at her job and should be modeled after.