Off the Clock: Mason Police in Force for Nationals’ Game

Posted: September 14, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By David Driver

Ashley Morgan, a master police officer with University Police, has dreamt of singing the national anthem before a major league sporting event for most of her life. On Friday, she will get that chance.

Morgan will sing the national anthem prior to the Major League Baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and host Washington Nationals at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

“It is quite literally a dream come true,” says Morgan, who has been on the Mason police force for more than three years. “I have sung all my life.”

In addition, the Mason police honor guard will present the colors prior to the Sept. 15 game. Lt. Willie Morton, Master Police Officers Amy Coots, Kim Taylor and Robert Brownell, and Officers Glenn Ortiz and Calvin Chandler are scheduled to make up the honor guard.

Morgan began singing at the age of 3 at Calvary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. She started taking private piano lessons when she was 4.

She grew up watching pro sports, including the Jacksonville Suns, a Class AA minor league baseball team in the Southern League, and the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. “I was in awe,” she says. Since then, she aspired to combine her singing with her love of pro sports.

Morgan sang the national anthem on Sept. 4, prior to a Class A minor league baseball game between the host Potomac Nationals (a farm team of the Washington Nationals) and Winston-Salem Warthogs in Woodbridge, Va. She also sang the national anthem at the 25th anniversary of the Mason Police Department last year.

The master police officer comes from a musical family. Her father, Barry Bagwell, sings in the choir at Westside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, and he plans to attend the Nationals’ game to hear her sing. Morgan’s mother, Freida, has a master’s degree in music and plays the organ at Calvary Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Morgan says her colleague, Willie Morton, was instrumental in lining up her singing appearances in both Woodbridge and Washington.

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