As a member of the Metropolitan Police Department, Officer Merhai says she’s living her dream. Her dad was a police officer in South America, and she joined the MPD as a cadet 32 years ago.
She was planning to retire soon but decided to stay on for a while longer to help fellow officers during the pandemic. Like all first responders, police officers in the nation’s capital are on the front lines of the coronavirus epidemic.
No doubt police work is high-risk. Hands-on contact with people from all walks of life increase that danger especially now.
More than 30 police and fire personnel have tested positive for the virus and several are on self-quarantine. And DC hasn't yet reached its peak.
Officer Chandra says if DC residents do their part to stay home, and continue to exercise alone, it will make a big difference in turning this public health emergency around.