The Golden Apple goes to Lt. Steve Sellers

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - This week's Golden Apple winner has worn many hats; FSU football player, police officer, college professor and high school teacher to name a few. Congratulations to Lt. Steve Sellers from Bay High School.

More than 20 years ago when Sellers interviewed with the FSU Police Department, they asked him an important question.

"They asked me, 'Why do you want to be a police officer?'" remembered Sellers. "And I said, 'If I can make a difference in one person's life, in one day, then that's what I want to do.'"

The lieutenant now applies the same philosophy to teaching. Sellers is an adjunct professor at Gulf Coast State College. He also teaches dual enrollment law enforcement courses at Bay High School.

"The main focus of both of the classes is how does the community depend on law enforcement and how does law enforcement depend on the community," explained Sellers. "If you don't have the community behind you, then you're not going to be a successful law enforcement agency."

"I've learned that all cops don't just fight crime," said Jerome, one of Sellers students, "they have other duties that they tend to, like keeping the peace and that's one of their main responsibilities also."

Sellers has no doubt made an impression on his students.

"Mr. Sellers is an outgoing person. He's very nice, generous, and very helpful," said another one of his students, T'Aysa. "If you need something he always has your back."

Sellers says his high school teachers had a big impact on his life and he hopes to do the same for his students.

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