Tuesday, March 15, 2011

An Officer and A Gentleman

5518250088_e221f6e14e_z Finally after one year of training and a state exam, Derin is a police officer.  We are all so proud of him and know the sacrifices we as a family made while he was gone were totally worth it.  Last April Derin graduated from police academy and then he had some additional training on top of that.  Texas Parks and Wildlife has a seven week training where the cadets live on site and train all hours of the day and night.  Upon completion, these men and women become commissioned police officers for the state of Texas.  5517658039_a573d4e0c55517657861_2d65719289_z5517658209_6907cc2870_z5517658579_fde1f3903e_z5517658647_048af949d5_z5518249248_67429da93c_zI have to say that while I haven’t disrespected the profession, I haven’t thought much about all the things officers go through and their training. All the certifications, gun training and regulations, I don’t know how they can keep it all straight. It takes a person of courage to see the bad side of people and when everyone else is running away from the situation, they run right in.  Luckily, Derin is levelheaded and of strong mind, I know that he will be an amazing officer. 5518249560_0e08d53506_z5518250148_37df4251f6_z5518250182_13196049eb_z5518250260_55611b6378_zI had the privilege of pinning his badge on his shirt at the ceremony, and I have to say I was a bit nervous.  The ceremony was perfect, Michael was actually quiet and Derin is now home to stay.  Thank goodness, the whole single parent and eight months pregnant thing was getting pretty old!

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