EPD Officer Blake Hollins Is This Week's Hometown Hero

One Tri-State man is serving in our community in more ways than one and his hard work surely isn't going unnoticed.

Posted: Aug 16, 2020 12:00 AM
Updated: Nov 10, 2020 10:03 AM

One Tri-State man is serving in our community in more ways than one and his hard work surely isn't going unnoticed.

"To come here and take this community on like he has and to be so involved and be a part of it is just very heartwarming and again we are just very happy to have him on board," says Sgt. Nick Winsett, Evansville Police Department.

If you ask Officer Blake Hollins what he wanted to be growing up, he'll tell you a pro wrestler, but he also kept his options open.

One of his role models as a kid, local law enforcement officers.

"It's something I just always remembered how they carried themselves with such honor, dignity, and pride and the manner of how they went through and helped people, I remember that was just always really cool for me," says Officer Hollins, Evansville Police Department.

It wasn't until college, his mind was finally made up.

"It's just something that I always felt like 'You know what, if I could be something like that, if I could make an impact like these gentleman, I think I will," says Hollins.

And that he did.

Officer Hollins serving the Evansville Police Department for seven and a half years now...a job he always gives his all to.

"I wanted to give back to a big city because my main goal to law enforcement was to help a demographic that looks like me and Evansville had a need there," says Hollins.

"You listen to the radio and you always hear him," says Winsett. "He's a busy officer and it's not only just arrest. He's out there helping the citizens, you'll hear him on the radio like stranded motorist that sort of things. He's just very helpful and doing this job for the right reasons."

But for this officer by day, he serves our community in more ways than one.

Hollins is also a big brothers for nearly four years with local non-profit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

"I just think the world of this young man. He's a very charismatic, very intelligent, very athletic. We get along on so many different levels and it's just an honor and pleasure to have him in my life," says Hollins. "I'm there as a supportive piece to help him on his way as he grows up as a boy to a man."

For Officer Hollins, it's natural to put others before himself.

A man whose big heart and love for our city, is making a difference.

"There is a lot of good to see," says Hollins. "There are a lot of beautiful people in this world. There are a lot of people doing outstanding things to make the world better and caring for other people."

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Our Tuesday was nothing short of chilly, gloomy, gray and wintry throughout the Tri-State; afternoon high temperatures only reached as high as the middle to low 30s throughout the region. Our peak temperature of 32° in Evansville was 16° below the norm for this time of the year. As for the evening ahead, cloud cover and cool air will linger - additionally, there have been reports of sporadic flurries on and off throughout the day and some portions in the Lower Ohio Valley may continue to see brief snow showers through 10 o’clock this evening. Our winds will shift southward overnight tonight into early Wednesday morning and while it won’t necessarily drive temperatures higher for the predawn hours, It will help keep temperatures from falling much further than where they currently stand. Extract the morning low temperature near 29° in Evansville as we kick off our midweek.
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