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Woman of Wilson: Allison Daniel

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Allison Daniel with her son, Colton

Officer Allison Daniel, formerly of Nashville, relocated to Wilson County after beginning her career with the Lebanon Police Department in July 2005.

When she isn't protecting the community, Daniel's days revolve around her family.

Juggling family and career isn't particularly difficult, thanks to support from her husband, Wilson County Sheriff's Office Detective Jonathan Daniel. The couple married in 2012 in Lake Tahoe, California. They have one son, Colton Daniel, who will turn 3 on Halloween.

"My husband is a huge help as he's a very active co-parenting partner. I work 12-hour rotating shifts, so I try to get cleaning and errands done on my weekdays off, so I can enjoy every other weekend with my family," she said. "I also keep my son home from daycare on my Fridays off and we have a day date. I let him choose what we do and he usually chooses the zoo."

A lot of Daniel's life has been influenced by motherhood.

"I never paid much attention to the personal care and cleaning products I used or the foods I ate, until I had my son," Daniel said, admitting she now prefers a more natural lifestyle and way of parenting.

"I want to give him the healthiest start I can, so naturally that turned into cleaning up my environment and foods I ate as well."

Daniel enjoys cooking healthy meals for her family and even grinds her own wheat for bread.

"It's not as difficult as it sounds. I just put the wheat berries in my blender and I have flour in about 60 seconds," she said.

In her spare time Daniel is a Volunteer Babywearing Educator with Babywearing International of Middle Tennessee. The group's mission is to promote babywearing as a universally accepted practice, with benefits for both child and caregiver, through education and support.

She also has a special interest in child passenger safety. Daniel is a Child Passenger Safety Technician and routinely assists parents with making sure their children's car seats are installed and used properly.

"I became passionate about child passenger safety when I began learning what I was doing wrong with my own son," she said. "I was horrified to learn what was wrong with my seat and at the thought of what could have happened had I been in a crash with my son before learning what I know now."

Daniel said that car crashes remain the leading cause of death for children ages 1-12 because seats are not installed or used properly - or children are oved to the next step too soon.

The seat check service is free and no tickets are written.

"We only want children to be traveling as safely as possible," she said. "I spend a lot of my own time, apart from LPD, answering questions and meeting parents for private seat checks. I will spend the rest of my life longing for the day that no child dies in a survivable crash."

Daniel is a 2004 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communication. Another favorite hobby is horseback riding.

The woman she most admires is her mother, Phyllis Dickens, who taught her about sacrifice and unconditional love.

"I don't know how she raised two children on her own until she married my stepdad when I was 16," Daniel said. "I never appreciated how much she sacrificed for us until I was well into my adulthood and even more after becoming a mother myself. She would wear clothes until they almost fell apart so she could buy my brother and me new clothes."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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