A Grizzly Dilemma
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A giant grizzly bear stomped back and forth on the open road. At night, these creatures blended so well with the dark that it was impossible to see. But they were easier to notice in broad daylight. Just ask State Trooper Thomas Owens whose knuckles went white as he held on to the steering wheel. Traffic was insane. Car horns were beeping everywhere. The animal was terrified as the drivers started losing their temper. So, he parked his vehicle on the side of the road and noticed something disturbing in the underbrush.
He Loved The Chase
As a kid, Owens was obsessed with car chases. He came home every evening from school and checked the news for a chance to see a traffic pursuit. Sadly, some chases ended rather badly. But sometimes, cops apprehended the bad guy. He loved it when law enforcement brought peace back to the roads. His mom wasn’t sure where his obsession with high-speed chases was going, but she was worried, and she had every right to be.
When Owens turned sixteen, his mom feared what her son would do on the road. So, his dad had to pry the keys out of his mom’s hands. But she worried. What if he hurt someone? “It’s a small town, Thomas. If we get one sniff of you being reckless, you can say goodbye to the truck,” she told him. Owens was a teen, but a responsible one. He knew that the roads could be just as dangerous as they were exciting. But he knew his parents would always give him a reality check if he needed one.
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Owens picked his friends up from school and dropped them off at home. Then he’d drive to the local grocery store where he worked and headed home. He valued his independence, but he was always safe. But one day, he came home and noticed his mom’s car was gone. He freaked! Then, he learned that his mom was in a hit and run. He couldn’t believe someone was capable of such a thing. So, he stayed by her side for several hours per day, but it took weeks for her to recover. However, the incident altered his path forever.
His Career Goal
Owens’ friends couldn’t stop talking about what they wanted to do after they graduated from high school. Some of them wanted to pursue things like being scientists, teachers, doctors, and athletes. But during his senior year, he told them he wanted to be a state trooper, which didn’t surprise them. He had stopped going to the car chase marathons after his mother’s hit and run. The incident made him realize that driving could be dangerous. But he wasn’t prepared for some of the job requirements.