It's no surprise to one of Rocha's childhood best friends, Abby Lane, that Rocha, who was homeschooled, ended up getting an associate degree in Criminal Justice at Madison College and then interned at the Madison Police Department. "It was her calling", explains Lane.
"She was well regarded here in our internship", he said.
Rocha followed that calling. She graduated from the police academy in Dallas June 11.
Wanggaard says people need to remember that they're all on the same side and everyone wants to return home to their loved ones at the end of the day and too many haven't lately. It was an exciting move for the mom of a 10-month-old girl.
According to news accounts, five officers died and seven were wounded in the attacks, which were reportedly motivated by anger over recent police shootings of black men.
But, on Thursday night Rocha's job led her straight into the gunfire that erupted in downtown Dallas.
U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold also thanked Rocha Friday for her public serve and bravery after the police officer was shot in Dallas.
Bayer was watching a recorded program Thursday night when he received a call from his daughter, he told the Daily Citizen. "It doesn't surprise me that she was hired by Dallas". "Our thoughts and prayers go out to our former student Gretchen Rocha and her family", School of Human & Protective Services Dean Shawna Carter said in a statement.