Officer Andrea Evans was selected as the City of Burleson's employee of the second quarter. She was nominated and selected for her compassion and service to a family following a tragic event.
"Officer Evans was requested to provide a death notification to the parents of a 24-year-old male," states her nomination form. "This was Officer Evan's first notification where the family was not aware of the victim's passing. She could have met with his parents alone, but instead, she proactively involved the police department's victim assistance staff to help the family with resources."
The deceased was in the United States Army, and Officer Evans personally notified his command of the incident. She brought some military coins and other items to the family and even attended the funeral. The deceased's uncle posted a commendation to the Burleson Police Department's Facebook page about Officer Evans and her kindness to his nephew's parents and their entire family.
"Telling family members about the loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult things to do," states her nomination form. "But, Officer Evans really showed up in a way that left an impact."
Officer Evans was also recognized earlier in the year for helping an older gentleman repair his mirror with the help of a citizen that brought some supplies.
"Officer Evans is one that just does extra to help others," states Rick DeOrdio, Human Resources Director. "She has been described as a dedicated officer with a big heart and compassion for people."
Officer Evans has been with the Burleson Police Department for three years, starting June 2018, as a public safety recruit. Prior to joining the city, Officer Evans served in the United States Navy for nine and a half years.
She was honored during the August 16, 2021, City Council meeting. The city's employee of the quarter award is based on an employee's efficiency, transparency, honesty, innovation and customer service, all of which make up the city's ethics statement.