Officer Natalie Corona of the Davis Police Department is a second-generation California cop who has realised a childhood aspiration
Officer Natalie Corona: Natalie Corona was putting on her father’s police uniform while many other little girls her age were putting on their mothers’ heels and jewellery.
At the same time as she learnt the alphabet, she learned the police’s “10 codes,” or radio transmission signals.
She learned that a “11-95” meant a traffic stop and a “10-65” meant a missing person when she went on ride-alongs with her father, a Colusa County sheriff’s deputy.
Her father, who has four daughters, remarked, “She learned that in no time.”
“It was clear to me early on that she had the mental capacity for it, that she wanted to pursue that career, that line of work.”
Natalie, a tall, athletic, and gorgeous California girl who was also her high school homecoming queen, was recommended by others to explore modelling. She resisted.
Her father explained, “She’d get frustrated.” “She’d say, ‘I don’t want to do anything else.’”
She began working for the Davis Police Department as a part-time community service officer in 2016, when she was barely 19 years old.
She graduated from the police academy last summer and received the honour of having her father, her role model, pin her badge on during her swearing-in.
In a video filmed on her graduation day, she declared, “I’m ready to hit the streets!”
“It’s a thrilling prospect. I’m looking for a job. I’m following in my father’s footsteps.”
Corona was supposed to arrive to the Davis Police Department at 7 a.m., but she was usually there an hour sooner.
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Corona, 22, wanted to double-check that all of the equipment she and her training supervisor would need was placed into the patrol car, then check the computer for a list of people with active warrants.
It was not a mission that had been assigned to the young recruit, who had just finished her training in December.
Corona’s supervisor towards the completion of her training, Keirith Briesenick, noted, “She was highly motivated.”
“She was a model employee in every sense. She was the best trainee on the planet.
Briesenick recalls discussing the importance of balancing compassion and caution with her student.
“We want to be viewed as personable, we want to create a rapport with everyone,” Briesenick said of Davis, a tiny college town.
However, you can’t be friendly with everyone. There are bad people who want to do bad things, and you learn not to cross that line.
Corona was a rough character, yet he was also empathetic.
Briesenick said she couldn’t get a family from Northern California who had been relocated to Davis after suffering tragic losses in the fires that devastated the state just before the Christmas out of her mind.
She went out and bought them sneakers, toiletries, and other items she discovered they needed, and delivered them to the family in a large Santa Claus bag.
Briesenick stated, “We had gone to assist the family with referrals for resources, and we moved on with our other calls for the day.”
“However, Natalie was depressed, so she resolved to go to the store the next week” to purchase items for them.
She was excited with anticipation when she finished training and began making calls on her own.
On her first day on her own, she emailed her father a snapshot of the empty passenger seat in her patrol car.
“’Look, Dad!’ she said. We’re completely on our own now!’ According to Briesenick.
“Mom, I want you to know that if I die tomorrow, I will have died extremely happy because, at 22, I am completing everything I set out to accomplish,” she told her mother one day in early January, according to her father.
She arrived at the site of a three-car crash two weeks later when she was ambushed by Kevin Limbaugh, a 48-year-old ex-convict.
She fell after the first shot, but Limbaugh allegedly continued to fire until his magazine was empty.
He then reloaded his weapon and began shooting again.
Limbaugh was resolved to kill a police officer that day, and left a letter accusing the Davis Police Department of targeting him with ultrasonic waves.
He eventually died of a self-inflicted gunshot inside his home.
“She didn’t die because she went out and made mistakes,” her father explained, “but because this coward decided to do that on that day.”
She had no idea what had happened to her. Natalie didn’t seem to be in any pain, and she went down quickly.”