Week 22—Deputy Magor

There are now 42 new Peace Officers spread out through the metro area. We finished strong!

I don’t know where to begin. The Academy was a time I will never forget. I made numerous brothers and sisters that I will always consider to be part of a family. We laughed together, got in trouble together, stressed together, ate together, got hurt together and grew together.

The last week was long, and full of anticipation. On the drive in on Tuesday I started to get a little nervous about the P.O.S.T. test. When I arrived at the Academy I soon realized that there were lots of us with test anxiety. About half the class elected to go on one last “motivational run” to the light pole and back, just before the test.  The test was challenging, however from what I was told our class achieved the highest average in the state.

The day after we completed our state test we had one last PT challenge. We ran up Lookout Mountain. The run was actually very fun, the view was great and it was one last outing with all 42 recruits.

Graduation came too soon; time flew throughout those 22 weeks. We all marched in without badges and marched out together with badges. My Dad, a retired Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy, pinned my badge. It was an honor to have the badge passed on from him. I had family all around to support me. I wish I could have taken it all in but it was tunnel vision.

I would like to thank each and every person that had any part of this Academy! If I wrote what I wanted to this blog would turn into a book.

I asked a few of my classmates for their input and perspective on the Academy and this is what they wrote:

*Over the last 22 weeks I learned that no matter the challenge ahead, always do your best and never give up.

*A lesson I have learned is that no matter how bad the outcome looks or how hard the road looks to get there just keep on pushing through and that most of the time it is mind over body. Your body might say it can't do it but you can choose to do it and complete it.

*Over the last 22 weeks, the most important thing I've learned is to never give up. Things may not always go the way you planned, expected or wanted them to, but at the end of the day the most important thing is to go home to your family.

*Working hard is important; however, having fun is essential. This simply means that during the Academy you will be required to work hard to succeed, but remember to have fun too. Maybe you will not have fun 100% of the time. But, you should at least enjoy some of it.

*FOE--FAMILY OVER EVERYTHING. Blood family and blue family.

*Hard work paid off. I gave up a lot of weekends to study. It was stressful but it was worth it.

*Being an officer isn’t something you do, it’s something you are.

*My favorite motto throughout the Academy is "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Always keep your eyes on the goal.

*A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

*The concept that has been most instrumental to me is the importance of confidence in myself and my abilities. Confidence is integral to command presence.

*Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"  Isaiah 6:8. I use this because I have spent my entire life serving others.  Through the Boy Scouts, the military and now as a Deputy Sheriff.  It is my belief that this is what God has intended for me to do.

I will finish with stay safe out there and remain United in Blue. It has been one of the greatest journeys of my life. 

Week 20 and 21—Recruit Magor

Week 20 we had our very last Academy test, now it’s onto the state test! It’s hard to believe how fast time has gone. Every recruit successfully completed the requirements for all 15 written tests that we took throughout the Academy. In just about two weeks there will be 42 new Peace Officers that are ready to help in any way we can.

We had a great training day for Tactical Casualty Care where we were taught how to properly pack wounds with gauze and apply a tourniquet. We got to run through three different active shooter situations where we made the scene safe and then applied medical assistance to those that were injured. It’s amazing at how many people come to help make these scenarios as realistic as possible to better our training.

Friday we had our Taser class, which included volunteering to be tased. Seeing over 30 different reactions to this was very beneficial for the class. The feeling is quite hard to explain, but the best description I can give is every muscle in your body locks up and you feel an electrical current run back and forth throughout your body.

It was painful and probably the longest five seconds of my life, but I’m glad I got to have this experience to learn exactly how people react. Recruit Frink took it like a champ; he demonstrated multiple times how he was able to rip the probes off while being tased.

Week 21 finished up nicely with just a few days to go until graduation! We studied and practiced SFST (Standard Field and Sobriety Testing). This is the standard way of testing people that are suspected of driving under the influence. There were three full days of practice. It is nice how standardized and routine this testing was, so that we could learn the tests efficiently.

The last day of this class we had the opportunity to witness a mock trial for a DUI case. Two recruits were lucky enough to take the stand and learn what it’s like to testify. I give both Recruit FitzPatrick and Recruit Brough credit for what they went through. The cross examination was rough, but for a purpose. We got to see how a defense attorney can confuse witnesses and get them to answer to questions they don’t even understand.

The last portion of the SFST class was called a “wet lab” where individuals were closely monitored while consuming alcohol so that we could practice our roadside maneuvers and determine if they were too intoxicated to drive. I was actually impressed with how well these tests work. The entire class made great determinations for the level of intoxication. If people are drunk, in most cases it does not take long to see it.

We have a weekend full of studying ahead, the state test, a final run and then we will graduate. We’re down to our last week.