In The Spotlight
On or off the job, Kimberly Geyer is one for the community By Enelly Betancourt, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up, Kimberly Geyer always wanted to save lives.
"My first attempt at college was majoring in physical therapy but I think I wanted to be a doctor," she says.
But her life took a turn.
Geyer, 45, graduated from Columbia High School in 1986 and earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration from University of Phoenix in 2009.
Now a corporal with the Manor Township Police Department, she is still true to her goal of protecting and saving lives. She serves as a community policing and bike officer, as well as a patrol and field training supervisor and liaison for the Youth Aid Panel.
She invests her time in the practice of her Christian faith, family, friends and the community -- and she loves it.
"I'd rather wear out than rust out," she notes.
When she is not helping to organize a National Night Out event, teaching safety and common sense to eighth-grade girls, giving community presentations or having crime watch meetings, Geyer is coaching a girls' basketball team, working with the local chapter of Girls On The Run, riding her bicycle or running races to help raise funds for local nonprofits.
She also serves on the Crisis Intervention Team, a group of specially trained police officers and first responders who are called in on situations involving an individual in a mental health situation.
"My favorite Bible verse and the one I live by is Philippians 4:13, which says 'I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength,' '' Geyer says.
Family: Daughter, Zoey, 12, and son, Gavin, 10.
When I'm not at work: I'm at the gym working out, or hanging out with my friends and family.
An essential part of my daily routine: Coffee and prayers.
When I want to relax: I get a massage, sit on my deck and watch the wildlife, lie in the sun.
Best advice I was ever given: Treat others how you would want to be treated.
Favorite vacation spot: My mom's beach house at Rehoboth Beach, on the bayside.
Hidden talent: I write poems and can draw.
Culinary specialty: White chocolate chip cookies.
Favorite restaurant: Captain's Galley (Ocean City, Md.), Texas Roadhouse (locally).
Something that can always be found in my refrigerator: Salad and coffee creamer.
Two foods I could never give up: Ice cream and beef jerky.
If I won a million dollars: I would buy a yellow Corvette convertible, then use the rest to help my family and friends.
On my bucket list: Sky diving and traveling to Australia.
If I could have a superpower it would be: Teleporting abilities so I could get places quicker!
The best book I've read: "Battlefield of the Mind'' by Joyce Meyer.
Must see TV: "Chicago Fire."
Most embarrassing moment: I needed to lock ... a house up and the only way out after locking it was through a window. I crawled out the window backward, and my gun belt got hung up on the window sill. I was dangling from it. It took a lot of effort to get unstuck. I finally dropped straight down from the window and realized someone had seen the whole thing from a vehicle they were sitting in right beside the house.n