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ER nurse wins 2021 Mugshots Picture Contest — Mugshots Grill & Bar

a group of people posing for a photo in front of a store

For  the past several months, Gulfport emergency room nurse Kristin Hedrick  and her colleagues have faced constant battles from not only routine and  critical medical cases, but also learning how to serve thousands of new patients because of the pandemic. The  time has been extremely stressful for nurses and other medical  professionals, and the challenges made Hedrick and her friends look for  ways to relax, refresh, and energize. That’s how the Mugshots Grill  & Bar location in Gulfport became one of their favorite hangouts. It was having dinner here with other nurses that Kristin found out about the annual Mugshots Picture Contest. 

“It was so much fun and I was floored,” Hedrick exclaimed  after finding out she won the contest. “All the people sharing it and  stuff, this is crazy! You never know if you’re going to win or not, but  I’m like ‘Keep voting! Just keep voting!’” 

She said Mugshots was already a favorite place to relax, even before the contest. 

“The employees, and you have got the coldest beer in town,” she said with a chuckle. “The food is delicious, too!” 

"At  Mugshots, one of our core values is to give back, and Kristin is a  perfect example of someone who gives back to her community through her  life's mission,” explained Mugshots Grill & Bar owner and founder  Ron Savell. “We are honored to be able to give back to Kristin as she  keeps giving back to others. We had some phenomenal entries this year  and we thank everyone for sending in their photos." 

Hedrick’s  selfie standing in front of a Rescue 5 life flight helicopter received  more than half of the total amount of votes between five finalists. A group of nurses helped push her total so high. 

“We as a group, Mugshots is kind of like an outlet,” Gem Gibbons, Hedrick’s friend and former boss, said. “We  like to go after work to just kind of chill, have fun... talk through  the day. She is an amazing person, she’s hilarious. She is probably the  single funniest person I know, but she’s extremely dedicated to what she  does and I have  mad respect for who she is. She is honest, she is loyal, and she is  amazing. I got involved because, to me, she is everything she should be as a person.” 

Denise Quick, another nursing colleague, said it was an easy thing to promote Hedrick’s effort because Hedrick would do the same. 

“Kristin’s  so soft-hearted,” Quick said. “She cares about what she does, she cares  about her friends, she is a well-rounded person. She would do anything for her friends and anyone who needed anything.” 

“If  any of us were up for something, she would absolutely 100 percent do  everything she could to get us nominated. She always has your back,”  childhood friend Kristin Taylor Peterson, who is also a nurse, added.  

Although  the honor of winning the contest comes with a prize of $2,500, Hedrick  said it’s knowing the photo will be on the wall of her local Mugshots  for which she’s most excited. 

“I  wasn’t even thinking about the money,” she said. “When I first started  going to Mugshots, I’ve always wondered how do those people get their  pictures on the wall. We found out about the competition and I was like,  ‘We have to do this!’ That was my big thing. I wanted to win it just to go see my picture on the wall.” 

Although living in Gulfport now, Hedrick is a native of Conehatta, a tiny community that’s part of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reservation in Newton County. She grew up in the hill country near Meridian, Newton, and Philidelphia, Mississippi.  It was in this community where she first wanted to be a nurse, although  she never dreamed about nursing during such a crazy time. 

"It’s definitely been challenging,”  she said. “It was a big transition to go from your normal nursing and  then the pandemic hit and you have to learn how to redo nursing, if that makes sense. It’s been a whole relearning experience. I’ve got a lot of good experience as far as ICU  nursing even though I work in the ER. It’s very humbling, very  heartbreaking, but that’s what we do, that’s why we’re here pandemic or  not.” 

Mugshots Grill & Bar, 14-time winner of best hamburger in Mississippi by the voters of Mississippi Magazine since the first location opened in Hattiesburg, operates 20 locations in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana. The 21st location will open soon in Olive Branch and the 22nd location is in the planning stages for Foley, Alabama.  

For  more information on Mugshots Grill & Bar, the annual photo contest,  or to see a menu and locations, visit and find the company on social media.