With civil unrest looming over cities near and far, the Madisonville Police Department is striving to bring policing and the community closer together.
"To me that is part of our job is to make the community a better community, protect and serve. By serving you make the community a better place than what it was before" says Madisonville Police Officer Dustin Scott.
Officer Scott and Officer Tyler Gunther have been serving the Madisonville community since 2019.
"Before I became a police officer I worked at a local factory in Madisonville, I started to want to do more with my life and wanted a sense of purpose" says Officer Gunther.
Their purpose went into overdrive, not going unnoticed, a passer by snapped a photo of the officers kind act to push a wheelchair bound man six blocks in the pouring rain.
May 12, 2020 Officer Dustin Scott risked his own life, rushing into a burning home saving a Madisonville woman's life.
The department honoring the 32-year-old officer with a pin of "Valor".
Officer Dustin Scott says he choose to change his career later in life. The husband and father of two spent years working in coal mines.
February will mark two full years of service for Officer Scott.
"To me that is all part of the job, if you can change one persons perspective, of how they view the community or the police department, then you've done your job, to me that is one of the biggest parts of our job is making it a better place" Scott says.
During a time of civil unrest, growing tensions, and deadly protests, police departments of all sizes are working harder than ever to mend gaps in local communities.
Major Andy Rush says building relationships are vital, the department is striving to make a positive difference each day.
"We are here to serve and protect, you take ever situation as serious as the next, there is really no difference" adds Officer Gunther.
"He was very grateful, he thanked us, we got him pushed inside of his apartment, we left him go on his way, it made me really proud to know he was taken care of" Officer Scott says.