Some see their work as a calling to serve others. For Officer Brad Walston, such is the case. Today, his life as a policeman positively affected how young people view police officers. He is one of the very few policemen who supported the middle schoolers who had feelings of hatred for law enforcement and kept their connection with him. Brad modeled how police officers should relate with their community by acting like ordinary people rather than untouchable people who are unapproachable.
Brad Walston’s life as a police officer has been flourishing, as seen with the acknowledgments that he has been receiving. The model officer and influencer have received numerous letters, emails, and DMs from students throughout the city who have expressed their gratitude for him as their police officer. He became a police officer and worked in the community to build trust. He also worked as a school resource officer to provide mentorship to the youth and volunteered for seven years straight as a boys basketball coach. People know him as Officer Walston, Officer Dad, and Coach Brad.
Brad Walston has always taken the posture of serving his community for many years. As someone who has gone through many difficulties in life, he makes sure that nothing stops him from fulfilling his passion. His personal beliefs and work ethic are worth emulating by the next generation of the country. Brad was raised by a single mother on welfare his entire childhood. Still, he was homeless on several occasions, growing up in less fortunate neighborhoods because his mother was diagnosed with a mental disorder. His older brother is a firefighter. His family moved from place to place more than 20 times from eviction notices due to not being able to pay the rent. He also experienced living in a dark home because they couldn’t afford electricity.
Despite these challenges, he played high school basketball and worked very hard to graduate. Even in college, he played college basketball. He was the first in his entire family to graduate from college with a BA degree in Criminal Justice. He received a conditional job offer from the FBI, but they revoked it due to his credit rating. He didn’t allow this hurdle to stop him from fulfilling his passion. He was very determined to prove that he was still a qualified applicant. That is why Walston decided to settle his legal issues with what he learned about his credit. He started a mortgage business with two friends from high school and taught uneducated clients about credit to improve their credit rating to be approved for a loan. On top of this business, he opened an Airbnb business and became a residential and commercial real estate investor.
“My compelling and inspiring story of growing up and what I overcame to defy all odds of making it is my motivation. Knowing that there are people who heard my story encourages me to make it known to the world to motivate more people,” says the noble policeman.
Many years from now, Brad Walston sees himself growing into a national brand that inspires others with his unique story and motivational speeches across the nation. But he makes sure that he can still volunteer coaching basketball and learning how to invest more.