A Chattanooga Police officer has a very special story to share. By night, Dejanee White patrols the Rossville Boulevard area. In much of her other time, White spends training to be one of the strongest women around.
In January during a strongman competition in Bowling Green, Kentucky, White pulled a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck 60 feet. That's a truck with a factory curb weight of 7,326 pounds. She won the competition. Her first place finish qualifies her for the national competition later this year. White said, "Because I'm actually going to go after my pro card this Nationals."
She got into this type of competition because she had been in an abusive relationship. The events and training serve as a source of internal power. "So I use my weightlifting as a way to build my strength and my courage, that way what I did deal with when I was in that type of relationship I won't have to deal with it again."
In her training session Thursday morning, White easily lifted a 120 pound log bar over her head, just to warm up. She lifted three reps, then moved up to 140 pounds and 160. Right now, she dead lifts 465 pounds. She's pushing for 500 by the nationals competition. In her five years of competing, she's brought home ten trophies. She said with a beautiful smile, "I always put mine on my trophy stand, take a picture of it, put it on my Facebook, put it on my trophy stand and I'm just like, 'Yes!' "
Her faith also plays an important part. She has her favorite Bible verse, Phillipians 4:13 ("I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me NKJV"), as a reminder on her arm and inside her weight lifting belt.
And the amount of power she's built serves as an asset on the job. "You never know what's going to happen. Andy day is different. You never know if somebody's going to try and fight you, what the case may be. And I always want to be prepared just in case."
Fortunately, "Dee" said she has yet to encounter an extreme situation. Her next competition is in May, then the Nationals later this year.
Best of luck to this powerful woman and officer of the Chattanooga Police Department.