Stafford Police Officer Ann Carrizales goes to Washington

By Karen Daniels 

Here, Officer Carrizales is shown with Willy of "Duck Dynasty".

Here, Officer Carrizales is shown with Willy of “Duck Dynasty”.

As the personal guest of US Congressman Pete Olson, Stafford Police Officer Ann Carrizales attended the State of the Union address in Washington D.C. last week. As you know, last October, Officer Carrizales was shot twice at close range when she approached a vehicle that was in the middle of the road with a green light, but not moving. Two thoughts raced through her mind as she walked closer, “This person either needs my help or is up to no good. Everything about it was odd.” The shots knocked her to the ground, but Officer Carrizales got back up and chased them in her patrol car, assisting in the arrest of the alleged gunman, Sergio Francisco Rodriguez.

Congressman Pete Olson followed the story, continually speaking with Officer Carrizales, even meeting her family. He was “honored” to have her as his guest and introduced her to “other members of Congress who have a law enforcement background.” During their time together, she and the Congressman talked about boxing, movies, and military memories. “He is genuinely a good man. And funny.”

Officer Carrizales called the trip to Washington D.C. “life changing” ,  however a few days before the trip she experienced anxiety and uncertainty about going. It would be the first time Officer Carrizales was away from her family since the shooting. She would be traveling alone to a new city where she knew no one, during extreme winter weather. Her husband Christopher, son Joseph (19) and daughter MiKayla (10) encouraged her to go, saying, “You’re going!”

In Washington, the trip was “very emotional” as she visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and found the names of two family members inscribed on the wall. She also visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and found the name of fallen FBCSO Deputy John David Norsworthy Jr. The memorial is dedicated to commemorating the service and sacrifice of officers who have died in the line of duty. The following are some other experiences that Officer Carrizales shared about the address:

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Shown is Officer Carrizales with Commandant of Marine Corps General Amos.

Highlight of the trip:  Meeting Commandant of Marine Corps-General Amos

Person others are impressed with: Meeting Willy from Duck Dynasty

Biggest surprise about the address: The level of respect the evening held

Fun fact:  From her seat in the galley she could smell the First Lady’s perfume

Question most asked: Did she meet the President of the United States—No

Officer Ann Carrizales enjoyed her time with Congressman Pete Olson and was grateful to be honored for a job that she and other officers do every day, but the best part was coming home. She hopes to visit the nation’s capital again soon—next time with her family.

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