Cody McPherson has wanted to become a police officer as far back as he can remember.
"It's just one of those thoughts I always had," he said. "I just stuck with that throughout the years and never changed my mind.
The 24-year-old's dream came true Aug. 8, the day he started at the Sweet Home Police Department. He'd applied elsewhere, too, but he knew he wanted to be where he knew he felt at home. And, as a 2016 Sweet Home High School grad, this was about as close as one could get.
"SHPD was my first choice for sure," he said, "because I grew up here and my family lives here. So I thought...