On the night of Thursday, July 7, Melanie Evans was off
The SC4 alumna and police officer with the Dallas Police
Dept. was watching television and received a text from a friend who had heard
about the shooting which had targeted her fellow officers, killing five and
wounding nine others.
“I was halfway out the door,” Evans said of her reaction
when she heard the news before she was told to wait for her next shift to start
before reporting to work.
In the days since the attack, Evans said there’s been a
mixture of support shown for the officers in Dallas, and vitriol. But the
good is outweighing the bad.
“Our city has definitely come together more now than it
has,” she said. “The support we got from one another was great. You couldn’t
walk into any station without getting a giant hug from an officer.”
Evans went to Dallas in 2012 after graduating from SC4 with
an associate degree in criminal justice. Her plan was to work there for five
years and start looking for work near her hometown of Port Huron. As that time frame nears its end, however, things have changed.
“I didn’t plan on meeting someone and building a house
here,” she said.
Evans also said the attack on her department has
strengthened her will to continue serving the Dallas community. Serving is
something she always had her eye on.
“I wanted to be in the Marines,” she said. “My mom kind of
didn’t want me going that route. My best friend went into the Marines, but I
decided to protect from home.