BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WFXG) - Hannah Gay has over three years in law enforcement.  Two of those years have been with the Burke County Sheriff's Department.

As a child, most girls her age wanted to wear dresses and do girly things. 

"All the other little girls wanted to e ballerinas," Gay said. "I told everybody I was gong to be a cop."

Gay's grandmother was one of her biggest supporters. 

Gay said, "On one of my graduation cards she wrote, become a good PoPo." 

Unfortunately her grandmother did not live to see that dream come true, but it's never slowed Deputy Gay down. 

"You never know who you're going to come in contact with," Gay said. "You never know who's watching you and who you're going to impact."

With a six year old son at home, Gay leaves her house everyday in fear.

"My biggest fear is not making it home to my son," Gay said. "I mean it would be devastating to him." 

Especially since Deputy Gay is a single parent.  The same as single parents everywhere, but with one of the most dangerous jobs.  

But that doesn't deter her from her childhood dream.  

"I don't consider myself a hero," Gay said.  "I'm out here to do a job and that job is to serve and protect."

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