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Law enforcers pay it forward through service

The idea that a deserving family will one day live in the home gives the volunteers great satisfaction. (Photo source: WLOX) The idea that a deserving family will one day live in the home gives the volunteers great satisfaction. (Photo source: WLOX)
DEA agents and U.S. Marshals are paying it forward this holiday season, giving back to the communities they serve by helping with Habitat for Humanity with a home build. (Photo source: WLOX) DEA agents and U.S. Marshals are paying it forward this holiday season, giving back to the communities they serve by helping with Habitat for Humanity with a home build. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

On Friday, some of our law enforcers took off their uniforms, put their badges aside and carried something other than a weapon. Through a special project, DEA agents and U.S. Marshals are paying it forward this holiday season, giving back to the communities they serve by helping with Habitat for Humanity with a home build.

"They're about a third of the way done with it, so we wanted to lend our support," Resident Agent in Charge Terry Davis said.

Davis has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years, and he can admit he's usually seen in the media breaking down doors or busting windows to catch the bad guy, not building them. So, teaming up with another agency and other volunteers for a good cause is one part of his mission.
    
"It's important for us. As I mentioned before, to not only do what we do on a day-to-day basis, which is taking drugs off the street which is important and arresting bad guys, but we also know that the other side of the job is to show the community that we love and care about this place because we live here, too," Davis said.
    
Deputy Ivy Jenkins, with the U.S. Marshal Service, said she couldn't agree more.

"It was a good time for us as law enforcers to come out. Not just to be in a law enforcement capacity, but a community oriented capacity," Jenkins said.

The idea that a deserving family will one day live in the home gives the volunteers great satisfaction.

Davis said he plans to make more visits to help finish the house, and says he looks forward to being invited to the ribbon cutting when the home is given to a family in need.

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