IN THE lead-up to the annual Emergency Services Day, The Morning Bulletin will introduce some of Rockhampton's local heroes.
Today Constable Sophie Gorbacz shares with readers why she joined the police force and what makes her job so exciting.
Emergency Services Day will be held at the Rockhampton Heritage Village on July 29.
Name: Sophie Gorbacz.
How long have you been in the service: Approximately 18 months.
What do you most enjoy about the job: What I enjoy most about the job is that it is not a nine to five job. The exciting part is every day and every job is different. That's what makes it interesting and keeps me on my toes.
What has been your most challenging moment: Attending a domestic violence situation and observing the emotional harm caused to children.
What has been your most rewarding moment so far: The most rewarding moment so far was assisting in an evacuation centre during Cyclone Yasi, in Townsville. The evacuation centre was that of patients of nursing homes from Cardwell. The most rewarding moment was assisting the patients and seeing the smiles of appreciation from the nurses and the patients for the help required during this stressful time.
What did you want to be when you grew up: Whatever career path I chose, I always wanted to help the community in one form or another, whether for health and fitness, mentoring or safety. I chose the career in policing to provide assistance for the safety of the community.
A safety message to give to the public: Think before you drink.