The gripping story you are about to read is true. From the streets of LA as a juvenile to the Gulf Coast community he has vowed to protect and serve, the author takes you on a wild journey. See him come of age and beat all odds. This book is about the life of a young black man growing up in South Central Los Angeles. From rural Texas to the inner city streets of L.A. and Houston, from lack to plenty, from great loss to gain; the road was long to becoming a law enforcement officer in Texas with a perilous detour through the Correctional System as a prison guard in the worst prison in Texas. This is my story. My name is Troi Gregory Johnson. I am thirty-seven years old, married with five children. I have broken my neck twice and had a total of five back surgeries. I have survived being struck by lightening and hit by a car. In total, I have broken seventeen bones and miraculously survived having been shot in the face. Regardless of what I have been through, I am whole, mind, body and spirit. The story you are about to read is real. It is raw but honest. It is this man's journey. Some of the names and places have been changed out of respect for the individual or institution.