In a talk on leadership during Elizabethtown College’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., Kristal Turner-Childs shared two stories Wednesday that helped lead her to a career in police work.
The encounters involved regular police officers doing their jobs.
But it was how they executed those duties that mattered, according to Turner-Childs, the Pennsylvania State Police’s first black woman troop commander and the second black woman major.
“You lead where you are, no matter what station of life you are in,” Turner-Childs, 54, who is also an Elizabethtown alumna, told the audience of about three-dozen people.
In the first encounter, she was a young girl living in Harrisburg.
She heard a commotion and ran to it. A man lay in the street, bleeding from the head.
She ran home and, against her mother’s rule of not touching the telephone, called 911.
An officer soon responded to her house because that’s where the call originated. (This was pre-cellphone.)
Her mother told the officer she didn’t call 911.
The officer asked Turner-Childs if it was she who called.
Yes, she replied.
“Hey listen. You probably saved that young man’s life today. You did the right…
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