JONESVILLE — Joining the family of officers for the town of Jonesville, Marcus E. Wilborn was sworn in on Thursday with his own family in attendance.
“Thank you all for letting us use your love one,” said Interim Chief of Police Dane Mastin to Wilborn’s mother Jennie, and his extended family.
“What he’s doing is a family business as you’re about find out. You’ll be involved in it about as much as he is,” said Mastin, “as he brings it home with him and it follows him around.”
“I believe it is not only a job, but a calling,” said Capt. Scotty Vestal, welcoming not only Wilborn but his family into a new life experience.
“It’s going to be hard and taxing on you, and it’s going to be hard and taxing on your loved ones,” said Vestal, describing the stress a police officer’s family might endure.
“There’s going to be times, birthdays and holidays and stuff like that, that we’re going to miss with our families because the people we swore to protect need us.”
Vestal also described the concerns they might feel when a life-threatening situation occurs; however, Wilborn, who has a background with the military police in the National Guard, was unconcerned.
“It’ll be a real challenge, but no matter what you do, you’re going to come into life-threatening situations,” said Wilborn, “whether you’re a civilian or whatever your situation, whatever your occupation is. You’ve just got to be courageous.”
Being courageous as an officer might be a bit easier after encouraging words shared by Vestal, who used Romans Chapter 13 verses 4 and 12 to encourage Wilborn.
“You’re actually doing God’s work when you’re doing law enforcement,” said Vestal, “and that’s what we’re all about. God will protect you and your family, just put your love and trust and faith in him.
“You guys are part of the police family now.”
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