The Bravo 400’s shift is split evenly between single and married officers. Today I want for you to get acquainted with the singles:
Amanda Jacobs, or ‘Mandy’ as her friends call her, is the lone female on the shift. Mandy’s fondest childhood memories of are those in which she’d curl up on her father’s lap and watch old reruns of “Chips”. She decided at a young age as she watched Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox that she wanted to be a police officer. Her father told her she would make a great police officer, and she believed him. She never lost sight of that as she pursued a criminal justice degree from Texas State University. One day a recruiter from the Corpus Christi Police Department was on campus and he sold her the city of Corpus Christi. She has never regretted moving there and loves working for the CCPD.
She does have a boyfriend, Ryan, whom she met at Texas State. She loves him, but he remained in San Marcos as she began her life in Corpus Christi. The distance is hard, and her job doesn’t make it any easier. He often voices his distaste for her chosen profession. Not because it is a dangerous job – but because it is a male-dominated field and he doesn’t like that. He is jealous and untrusting of Mandy, though she has never given him reason to be. Mandy believes the answer to their problems would be a move for Ryan. He could easily re-locate to Corpus, meet her co-workers, and realize he has nothing to worry about. They could move forward with their lives. You'll see as you read how that plays out.
Mandy loves being a member of the Bravo 400’s. She never had siblings, but now works 40+ hours a week with men she calls brothers.
Alex Mang is arguably the most intelligent member of the Bravo 400’s, and easily the most professional. He grew up in a strict household and was groomed to grow up and become a surgeon, just like his father. As a boy he always admired police officers and dreamed of becoming one. But he kept it quiet as he feared the disapproval of his parents. He began to walk the path that was set out for him, and started pre-med, but his heart was never in it. Much to the shock and disappointment of his parents, he quit the program and joined the police academy instead. He loves the work, and is good at it.
Alex is the only member of the shift to have been in a police-involved shooting, at the start of our story. He actually killed a man, a fact no one would ever guess upon knowing him (but you’ll have to read the book to hear more about that incident.)
Alex is truly single. No girlfriend, no desire for one . . . yet. His age is creeping up on him, however, and he is starting to think about seeking out a relationship.
Danny Perales is the youngest guy on the shift, the rookie fresh out of the academy. At the start of our story he is actually still a probationary officer with a field training officer. He remains on the Bravo 400’s after his FTO period ends, as they had an opening on shift and he was a well-liked rookie. Sarge wanted him, and made sure he stayed on shift.
Danny is happy to remain on the Bravo 400’s and especially appreciates the closeness of the shift as it is something he craved and never had. His parents divorced when he was a young boy, and his mother blamed the failure of her marriage on his very existence. She never wanted him, she told him time and time again. At the start of this story Danny’s closest relationship is that with his mutt, Lexi.
His story begins to look up, though. Danny meets a pretty A&M Corpus Christi Senior, Sierra, on a vehicle burglary call one evening. Her car is broken into. It’s obvious on the call that there is a mutual attraction, but Danny doesn’t act on it, being a rookie who is a stickler for the rules. He runs into her later at her part-time job at Starbucks. They begin a relationship that is a sweet love story between two very sweet characters.
Adrian Rodriguez is another young member of the shift, only 24-years-old. He’s attractive, knows it, and flaunts it. He does have a touch of cockiness but is still well-liked. He has a good sense of humor and a good work ethic. He can be depended on.
Adrian plays the field. Everyone knows it. It isn’t anywhere on his radar to settle down, and he seems to be dating a new girl just about every week.
Adrian gets along with everyone on the Bravo 400’s, but is especially close to Mandy Jacobs, as they attended the police academy together. He gives her a hard time about her boyfriend Ryan, calling him ‘make-believe’, but it’s all in good fun and they have a close relationship. Mandy and Adrian are like brother and sister.
His ‘player’ days are threatened as he meets a girl along the way named Chantel who he may want to keep around for more than a week….
Brian White is the only member of the Bravo 400’s who is NOT missed at the shift gatherings he chooses to skip out on.
White has a reputation of being a call-dodging, lazy, arrogant dirt bag, and he seems to be okay with that. He sits in the back away from his shift-mates at show-up, speaking only to criticize something said or to complain. He does the minimum asked of him, sometimes even less.
Brian is divorced, and he will be the first to tell you he left his wife because she “got too fat”, in his own words.
There is more to Brian’s story though. I’ll let you find out what that is as you read the book.
Next time around I am going to introduce you to the five married members of the Bravo 400’s, so be on the lookout for that. I’m getting excited for this release and hope you are too. “Final 42” will be available on FEBRUARY 27th on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Online, and eLectiopublishing.com.
Until next time . . .