Anna Williams was once in a very different place in her life. She was a drug addict and selling them on the street to get by.
Anna was hopeless until the moment she got arrested by Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy John Puga.
It was eight years ago in Bakersfield, California, that Anna met the deputy when he brought her in for booking.
“He told me, do not laugh with me, don’t do anything, I am not your friend Anna, we are not friends, I am not here to be friends with you,” she explained to 23ABC in Bakersfield.
Somehow, those words resonated so deeply with Anna, and she realized she needed to turn her life around and leave her drug addiction behind.
While most people might consider the day they’re arrested to be one of the worst in their lives, Anna’s arrest was a turning point for her.
Anna believes she owes it all to that arresting officer.
“I just want to thank you so much, for all the rough, tough words,” Anna told him after eight years of being apart. The deputy not only remembered her from years ago, but had kind words to say for her as well.
“I’m very proud of her because not everyone can do what she’s done. She’s the true hero here,” said Deputy Puga.
Anna and the deputy not only plan on keeping in touch, but they will also be visiting a local youth center together to talk with those impacted by drug abuse.
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Please call the official 24/7 Drug Abuse Hotline at 1-(877)-978-1608 if you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction and needs help.