Making a Difference in Blountstown

BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. - "A lot of the older people in the area know me, but they know me by Miss Daisy," said Blountstown Police Officer Daisy Holliday. 
 
The Calhoun county native calls it community policing. It's what she loves and what's she's good at. 
 
"I stop by and have sweet tea with them on their porches and ask them how their families are."
 
Her latest example of reaching out to her community is "National night out". 
 
Holliday spent the last six weeks planning the first time event for Blountstown, which aims to  bring the community closer to those who protect it. 
 
"{It's} like a neighborhood block party, so that we could say goodbye to neighborhood crime and drugs," said Holliday.
 
Hundreds of citizens showed up to the inaugural event which is proof of a community coming together and Holliday making a difference. It's what she aims to do every time she gets behind the wheel.
 
"In our highest drug area in within the city of Blountstown, I'll also get out of the patrol car and offer bottles of water or someone to talk to," said Holliday.
 
Taking drugs off the street is personal for Holliday. It's what led her sister to take her life eight years ago and triggered Holliday to take action.
 
"I kept complaining about the issues in the area, so it was either complain about it, or do something about it," said Holliday.
 
She joined the force three years ago and everyday, she aims to leave a mark in this community she's proud to call home.
 
"Every day I can take some of that poison off the streets, is a good day for me."
 
Holliday continues to go above and beyond on shift even when things are tough in her personal life. Her family is still recovering after losing everything in a house fire. Her sister was also recently diagnosed with cancer. 
 
 

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