AFSCME Iowa Council 61 - Every Day. Everywhere. Making Iowa Better.

We Are Your Neighbors: Angel Stigler, Waterloo, IA, Local 2659

I was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa where I currently reside with my husband, our children, and nine grandchildren from age of 13 on down.

I have volunteered at the schools, gave talks to the kids, helped with the lunch programs, assisted teachers, volunteered at retirement/nursing homes and adopted along the way numerous college kids. I do what I can to pay it forward and continue too. I donate to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the House of Hope here in Waterloo.

I became involved with St Jude’s Children’s Hospital when my daughter was born sick and had health issues for so many years.

House of Hope helps single mothers with children who are struggling trying to get on their feet. Women who do not have any other support. I remember when I was a single mother living off of 3 to 4 hours of sleep working at UNI and working overtime events to provide for my kids. I understand their struggles.

I am a Police Officer at the University of Northern Iowa. My job is to protect life, property, enforce laws and keep the campus safe. I am an ambassador for the University. I respond to all kinds of calls ranging from stolen items, vehicle violations, domestics, to weapons. In 1993 I was the first Police Officer to respond to a call that resulted in a foot chase across campus of a man who had a gun. It was not known at the time of the call until I had him cornered that he had a gun. I myself was unarmed. We were not allowed to carry weapons. This student committed suicide some time later.

Every day I am out among the students. Assisting them, protecting them, and at time scolding them. I make sure the streets they walk, the sidewalks they walk, the halls they walk are safe. I make sure no harm comes of them as they have been entrusted to my care by their parents.

When I started twenty-two year ago I chose to work third shift for fifteen years. This gave me the opportunity to attend my children’s school events and take care of their medical needs. All though sometimes semi conscious I was always there.

One of my children was born with a multitude of health issues. At the time as a single mother I was the only care giver which required me to take her to doctor appoints after doctor appoints. My husband has been ill for a long time, he has battled cancer twice, recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in addition to heart issues. My job has allowed me to take care of the critical care my daughter needed and the daily care my husband needs and give back to the community. By helping raise our nine grandchildren, I strive to be a role model for them. I show what is possible, I am grateful to be a state employee. I love being involved in making a difference at UNI anyway possible, especially by sending thank you notes and giving away angels to strangers and to people I know who make a difference.

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