At 16 years of age I quit school and moved to Alaska. I was a kid in a man's world and for the next 15 years I took on a myriad of jobs to survive. I had some harrowing experiences and I lived a very exciting life during that time period. Being born on a farm, I was introduced to the operation of equipment at a very young age and I found myself working in jobs that involved machinery and its operation. In 1979 I became a Police Officer and my career lasted nearly 32 years. The seven short stories in Before The Badge outline many of my life's experiences between 1964 and 1979. It tells of a young man's life as he is becoming a man and, when doing so, gets involved in many things which are educational, exciting and at times, life threatening. The seven stories are all true.
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About the Author
Andy Anderson, born on a farm in southern Illinois, left home and moved to Alaska as a teenager. He quickly found out what it was to live in the real world, and having to work many different types of jobs simply to survive. By working hard, and being honest, he found many doors opened for him. Andy was given the chance to prove himself in many different occupations where he learned different skills. He's worked operating all kinds of heavy equipment, ran tugboats and dive boats on oil related jobs, worked as a logger running heavy equipment, and served as Chief of Police for Seldovia, Alaska for nearly 32 years. Before the Badge deals with his Alaska life from 1964 to 1979—before being a sworn police officer. Andy hopes you will find his short stories interesting and entertaining.