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Lisa Cain: Retired Sheriff’s Deputy, National Parks Interpreter, Dispatcher

Second Shift (3 to 11 p.m.)

For 25 years, Lisa Carmadelle Cain served as a sheriff’s deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. She retired from the office in 2001 and was attending college at the University of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit. The 2005 disaster prompted her and her family to move to Knoxville, where her son was a student at UT.

Cain subsequently joined UTPD and has served in dispatch for almost 11 years. Working at UT has enabled her to continue her education. She is working on a degree in American history.

UTPD Dispatcher Lisa Cain works second shift.Outside interests: Cain’s passion is history and visiting the national parks. She also enjoys gardening and baking.

What surprises people about your job? “We truly care about them and will do almost anything to get them help. In my sheriff deputy days and as a dispatcher here, I have given monetary and personal assistance to people in need.”

If she didn’t do this . . . She would be an interpreter at the national parks and retell the history of the nation. She is certified by the National Park Service to tell the story of the Trail of Tears. She also is certified to discuss how many people evacuated during and after Hurricane Katrina.

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