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Woman who grew up watching 'CSI' becomes a CSI for Metro

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LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas inspired the original crime drama: “CSI.”

The show has been solving crimes in under an hour for almost 15 seasons now. The show also inspired one woman to make a career of crime fighting.

It is the ultimate story of having a dream become reality. Megan Ross-Lynch watched the hit CBS show “CSI” when she was in high school.

From there she applied, trained and became a crime scene analyst for Metro Police. She says even though the day-to-day job is really nothing like what you see on TV, she couldn't imagine doing anything else.

It all started here in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Its sin city reputation spawned an entire crime-drama franchise known as “CSI.”

The show glamorizes the critical work of solving crimes and piecing together clues to serve up justice. Along the way, it has provided more than just entertainment.

"It seemed like it was always something different. I love the idea of solving a mystery. I loved the idea of walking into a crime scene and looking at the pieces of evidence and reconstructing it all together," crime scene analyst Megan Ross-Lynch said.

Ross-Lynch is a senior crime scene analyst for Metro Police. She has been dusting for fingerprints and taking pictures of crime scenes for seven years.

"I can't explain the rush I get when I have a fingerprint of a bad guy, or I know I have his DNA, it's such an incredible feeling and satisfaction. And there is a lot of honor that goes into knowing that I'm helping the victims of crimes," Ross-Lynch said.

Ross-Lynch says crime fighting has always been an interest of hers. When the show “CSI” began 14 seasons ago, her passion ignited.

"When I started high school the TV show ‘CSI’ came out. And I just fell instantly in love. I was always a science nerd,” she said.

Ross-Lynch went to work for Metro, documenting crime scenes around the Las Vegas valley. She quickly figured out Hollywood isn't always grounded in reality.

"Sometimes I'll yell at the TV like, 'No that's not how we do it! We do it so differently," she said, “I think the biggest difference from the show, is the show tries to wrap 10 different jobs here at Metro into one position, as a crime scene analyst."

Unlike the show, Ross-Lynch says Metro's CSIs do not interrogate suspects nor do they jump into lab coats and decipher DNA samples in the laboratory.

They document scenes for scientists and detectives to prove exactly who committed the crime.

"I think the show shows people some of the technology that we have available to us. But it is such a departure from what it is in real life. I don't think it helps me in my job, day to day," Ross-Lynch said.

Like any job, Ross-Lynch says being a CSI has its ups and downs. Her career has been made up of moments, some she won't forget.

"It is those little moments I've also had a little girl give me a great big hug cause she just thought being a CSI was awesome, and it's all those little moments that add up and make you feel really satisfied about the job that we do," she said.

During one of the darkest days for Metro Police, when Officer Igor Soldo and Officer Alyn Beck were murdered as they ate lunch, Ross-Lynch had to document the scene.

"I did work Sunday, June 8, for the shooting, the officer-involved shooting, and that is something that will never go away for me," she said.

From a TV show to a career, Ross-Lynch says it is important to dream and to dream big because it could some day become reality.

Ross-Lynch says Metro's crime scene investigators are busy. She says the TV show usually showcases homicides, but they document all sorts of crime: burglaries, robberies, sexual assaults, shootings, stabbings, fatal traffic crashes and anything else they're asked to analyze.

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