Q and A with Amber Guidry

“Being married to a motorcycle cop has its perks”

Born: In Zachary at Lane Regional Medical Center, known as Lane Memorial Center at the time, and grew up in Pride.

School: Graduated Northeast High School in 1995.

Career: Worked since the age of 15 at various jobs such as at Little Caesar’s Pizza and the Bank of Zachary as a teller. Currently works in the Records Division for the Zachary Police Department.

Family life: Married to Jeremy Guidry for 12 years; two sons- Brian, 11, and Brice, 9; also cares for a 15-month-old girl named Braelyn.

What was it like growing up in your house?

I have two younger sisters and an older brother and most everyone has birthdays in October, so we would always have a huge Halloween birthday bash.

Your husband is also in law enforcement, what’s that like, both of you working in the same industry?

He’s been in law enforcement for 15 years and is currently a Baton Rouge Police Motorcycle Officer. It was because of his career that I actually became interested in this field. It’s really strange in a way, because we work at opposite ends of the spectrum. He’s out in the field, on the streets, and my job is to process everything that occurs to cops out on the street.

Do you both bring your work home with you?

Yes, unfortunately we can’t help it. Needless to say we’ve had a lot of interesting discussions about our careers. But I will say that there are a lot of perks being married to a motorcycle cop.

Like what?

Well, I can pretty much park wherever I want to. (Laughs.)

It must be tough doing what you do.

Yes, definitely, in this job you have to have a sense of humor because of all the crime and bad things that go on.

How do you cope?

I wouldn’t be able to make it through the day without my co-worker Brandy Hannum. She makes the day fun and go really fast. Plus, because of the small town, sometimes I know the people that are getting arrested. It’s tough. My husband tries to protect me, as well.

If you could be in any other line of work, what would you like to do?

I’d like to be an artist. I love to draw and paint but anybody can do that. To make things come to life with your work, that is really special.

What are your hobbies?

My kids are my hobbies. My family is the most important thing to me.

Who, if anyone, has most influenced your life?

My grandmother. Her name is Joyce Austin. I idolize her because she was the perfect mother and perfect grandmother. I hope that one day I can do things like her or be like her. My grandparents had the best marriage and I try to model my life and myself after my grandmother.

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