Guess what???? Joe was selected as the Deputy of the year in the city that he works in. Last night, the girls and I got to join him as they gave him this award. We are so proud because even though we always knew he was the best deputy ever, it is awesome that his city feels the same way. Of course for me, it was finally a chance to get some long needed updated photos of the girls with daddy in uniform. The last photos I have are from when Ella was so small that you can hardly see her cradled in his arm in the picture. We live 70 miles away from where he works so it isn’t exactly easy to just “drop by” for a picture while he is working.
Most of you probably don’t know a whole lot about Joe. He was born in Jordan, MT where he lived until joining the Marine Corp in 1991. We met at the Cowboy Boogie (a country western dance place) in 1993 and were married in 1994.
Six months after we got married, he was sent to Japan for a year. Thankfully I hadn’t gotten too used to living with him so it made it a little easier for him to leave. But boy, did we have some seriously big phone bills!!! He was suppose to get out of the Marine Corp in January 1997 so had to start thinking about what he would do when he got out. He had known for some time that he wanted to be a police officer so started the grueling task of testing with every department within driving distance. He isn’t a college degree type of guy but thankfully the military experience worked in his favor. He was picked up by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department just in time to get out of the military. After working 8 years in the jail, he finally got to go out to patrol where he has been for the past 5 years. He is absolutely amazing at this job!!! It was meant for him. He can be tough when dealing with the idiots that he deals with but also gentle and caring when the job calls for that too. He has become a great training officer and is well respected. He works crazy and long hours and then has an incredibly long drive but he loves his job so I guess it is all worth it!!