First Responder of the week is an inspiration to the community and her family

Rachel Caputo is a patrolman with the Lake Township Police Department
Published: Jan. 19, 2021 at 7:15 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - There are thousands of men and women in our region who have dedicated their lives to protecting our lives. Every week we honor a first responder who is making a difference in our communities.

Rachel Caputo has been an officer with the Lake Township Police Department since 2016.

“I come from a family of First Responders, so it came naturally to me,” she says.

Rachel started at the police academy, just a few months after her daughter was born.

“Balancing the mom thing with the academy at night was the hardest part. But then you come home and look at your kids and there’s your motivation right there,”

Rachel was surprised to hear she’d been nominated for the First Responder of the Week honor.

“I work with a lot of other people who deserve to be in this spot more than I do. We’re all out here trying to make the world a better place,” says Rachel.

Chasity Kelley is the one who nominated Rachel.

“My sister Rachel is selfless, beautiful and an amazing person. Now I’m going to cry. She makes me and my whole family very proud,” says Chasity.

The fact that the nomination came from her sister, makes it all the more special for Rachel.

“You get a lot of people saying thank you for your service, but when your little sister says nice things, it’s really great to hear.”

Rachel says while the job is often challenging, there are plenty of rewards.

“Whether it is someone’s best day or worst day, I get to be there with them, I get to experience that with them,” she says.

How lucky we are to have people like Rachel in our community.

We honor first responders every Monday night. at 11. If you’d like to nominate someone, get connected to our website to learn more.

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