CORAL SPRINGS, FL – For nearly two years, Coral Springs police Sgt. Ebony Winn has battled brain cancer, unsure at times if she could continue a job she has wanted since she was a young girl.
But on Wednesday, Winn, 40, came back full-time to the police department and hit the streets right away.
“It’s so good to be back on calls,” said Winn, who is now in remission.
Her return was also a cause for celebration at the department.
Standing next to a sign, “Remission Accomplished,” dozens of police and city staff members surprised her with a small gathering at the police headquarters building at the start of her shift.
Deputy Police Chief Brad McKeone said his staff was impressed with her perseverance in fighting cancer and positive attitude.
“You never lost that which is truly amazing,” McKeone said. “We’re so happy to have you back.”
Winn, who started her career as a teacher at Coral Springs Charter School, has been an officer with Coral Springs police for 13 years, rising up the ranks from a road patrol officer to a detective to a sergeant. She now oversees six road patrol officers.
She said she has been working on-and-off on light administrative duty since she had her first brain surgery to remove a tumor in 2019 and then a second surgery in 2020. Last year, she underwent chemotherapy.
Being back full-time meant she could get in her squad car and respond to calls – something she hasn’t done since December, 2019.
“It’s a new era,” she said.
Winn responded Wednesday to a call at a restaurant and then backed up other officers on other calls.
As police work goes, it wasn’t anything too exciting on the first day back on road patrol, but it felt “like a new beginning,” she said.
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