A Virginia police recruit achieved his goal to get on the force after losing 176 pounds. The Richmond Police Department (RPD) said in a statement on the Facebook page that they are proud to have him in the RPD family.

Romar Lyle said he always knew he wanted to be in law enforcement but “it was just so hard to find jobs” when he weighed a little over 400 pounds. 

“An old mentor once told me that you can come back from anything in your life no matter how hard it may seem. I want to be there for those who are struggling, feeling lost or unsupported. I want to protect those who may not be able to protect themselves,” Lyle said.

“I got a degree in investigative forensics and it was just so hard to find jobs and kind of figure out what I wanted to be, but at that time I was around 400 pounds.”

That means he couldn’t achieve his dream unless he made some major life changes.

In late 2015/early 2016, Romar Lyle decided never wanted to go back to wearing a size 54 waist. 

“I tried applying to places, but I had to work on getting my run times down and getting my weight down,” Lyle told WTVR. “By the second year, I lost about 130 pounds. Then I came to the academy. With hard training and hard work, I’ve lost another 34 pounds.”

For three years of putting in the work to get hired to serve a community, Lyle finally was one of 20 other cadets who graduated from the 120th Basic Recruit Class last week and starts work soon at the Richmond Police Department’s 3rd Precinct. Yet he still has another 24 pounds to lose to meet his goal. 

“It was one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do but it has taught me so many life skills and valuable lessons that I will carry for the rest of my life,” Lyle said. “I wake up every day smiling because when I think back on all the things I have done to get here; it reminds me that anything is possible.”

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