Many of you know him as Officer Parker, but his real name is Gregory Parker and he has quite the story to tell the world.
Gregory Parker AKA, (Officer Parker) has an intriguing story behind his uniform. He wasn't always the inspirational officer we see him as today. In-fact majority of his life he spent suffering from the many things that all of us suffer from today, which is what makes him successful. He's simply "relatable". Despite his physical appearance, Gregory at one point, was obese. At nearly 80lbs overweight, Gregory stated " man there were just days I didn't want to get out of bed. There were days where I just sat in the house in a daze, because I simply wasn't motivated to do anything. One day I decided that I was no longer going to be a victim of my own choices. Once I made that decision, I was no longer a victim".
what a transformation!
Post transformation, Greg was involved in an incident that would mold his future for the better.It would be easy to look at him as he is today – strong, fit, confident, well-known and respected, and think he’s always been that way, But behind the badge and the smile is a story of hardship and challenges that tends to break those without the willpower and grit he has.
In late 2018 Officer Gregory Parker was just doing his job when he spotted a suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle. The Officer Selflessly pursued that vehicle in an attempt to stop it. Moments later, that car crashed into five other cars. With that vehicle wedged between two others, the suspect leapt out and fled on foot. Officer Parker chased after him for 22 seconds, until he tackled the suspect and clicked the handcuffs on.
Greg had no idea the video of that chase made the national news and he never imagined it would go viral. As the notifications lit up his phone the following day, the young Officer unwittingly stepped into a national spotlight.
Greg said " from that moment on, I knew my door of opportunity had opened. I either walk through or walk away, but I will have to live with both choices and I could not live with the idea that I missed an opportunity"
That spotlight expanded with a call from the hit TV show, Ultimate Tag, and continues to shine today, well after he competed on that show.
The car chase and foot pursuit that was captured on film that day is a completely opposite picture of another car chase he’d been involved in years ago.
Gregory Parker is one of six kids in his family. Gregory learned about adversity from a young age. His childhood consisted of a father who thought nothing of using drugs or beating his wife in front of his kids. Young Gregory has vivid memories of seeing his father almost kill his mother, and of being in the car when his father attempted to flee from the police. His father crashed the car into a tree and abandoned his kids as he fled on foot.