In this column I talk a lot about Weldon Ferrell who deserves every accolade he receives. The other deputy who responded with Ferrell and tried to get the kids out of the burning house was Mike Hardison. He is also a good example of the character it takes to be a law enforcement officer everyday. Hardison was the first deputy on the scene a few years ago in the Southwest area where a 3-year-old boy shot himself in the head with his father’s gun. It was very apparent how much that affected Hardison by listening to his gut-wrenching court testimony.
I am also reminded of the JPD officers who rushed into a burning house in the Georgetown area a couple of years ago and pulled out a woman who had been stabbed and left for dead by her boyfriend who died setting the house on fire.
Not to mention the firefighters, EMS workers, dispatchers and others who do this everyday.