On first glance, Adam Brooks has an intimidating look.
His shoulders are broad, his walk has a slow and confident stride, and the pistol on his hip makes him look almost unapproachable.
If the Bryan Police Department ever ventured into making action figures, almost assuredly Brooks would be a perfect model for the toy.
But underneath the bullet-proof vest, many discover that Brooks is much more gentle.
His handshake welcomes, instead of crushing; his laughter and smile could cheer up most, as compared to bringing fear; and most of his sentences contain the phrase "yes ma'am" or "yes sir", showing the respect he has for everyone he encounters.
"A lot of time police officers don't get a good rap by what's on the TV and just the way people speak about us sometimes. Not just Bryan PD, but police officers in general. They always see the bad part about what officers do, so you have to reach out to them, get out of your car, and let them know you care. Let them know you're human," Brooks said.
Brooks' path to the police force started when he joined the Army right after high school. He spent eight years on active duty, and did two tours of Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Shortly after moving to reserve status, Brooks got a job with the Texas Department of Corrections, where he eventually decided to pursue a career as a police officer.
"I think it's a good place to work. Prior to coming to the Bryan PD, I searched the internet and looked at a lot of departments. And everything I was basically looking for, they offered that. So I decided to come and try out," Brooks said.
Just a few years after joining the squad, Brooks would encounter his first big test as an officer. A woman involved in an accident at South College Avenue and Villa Maria had become trapped in her car and wasn't breathing. Brooks arrived first on the scene, and quickly removed the woman from the car and started administering CPR.
Brooks was able to successfully revive the woman, and received a life-saving award from the department for his actions.
In April of 2009, Brooks would be tested again.
"We were working an accident, and we were just finishing up with that when the call came out. And the original call was for an infant drowning. Baby in a bathtub, unconscious, not breathing. And I was only a few blocks away, so I came right over," Brooks said.
Brooks arrived at the apartment complex two minutes before the paramedics, and began administering CPR. It was those two minutes that medics say was crucial to saving the child's life.
And once again, Brooks would be honored with a life-saving medal to wear on his chest.
Brooks said in both instances he didn't think about anything else at the time except for saving those people's lives.
"At the time, it's not nerve racking because your concentration is on getting the job done or doing whatever you have to do. Afterwards, when everything has settled down, that's where we get a little nervous sometimes and think about what just took place," Brooks said.
But fitting with his personality, Brooks is quite humble about his awards. In fact, he'd rather talk about working with children in the community, or share humorous tales from the streets.
"There's nothing funny about people that drink and drive, but I had this lady one time doing a field sobriety test. And she chose not to do it, but instead do something on her own. And she said she could recite her ABC's backwards - which I told her wasn't necessary. So she started saying her ABC's anyways, and while she did, she turned around facing the opposite direction. So I went around to the front of her and I said, "Ma'am, what are you doing?" And she said, "Well, I told you I could do my ABC's backwards." And every time she would recite them, she would turn her back to me," Brooks said.
Away from the squad cars and jail cells, Brooks spends his time serving his hometown community of Anderson, TX as a minister of Greater First Baptist Church. And more importantly, with his family.
"It's all about my family in my off time. I really believe in family time. No matter when this job is gone and I retire, I'll still have my family. And that's what's important," Brooks said.
Adam Brooks looks intimidating. His appearance states professional wrestler more than police officer.
But for most people that have met Brooks -- including those that received citations from him -- they know that he might be one of the kindest officers patrolling the Bryan streets.