Elyria rookie reflects on peeks and valleys of policing

Elyria police rookie reflects on peeks, valleys of enforcement

ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - The sudden death of Officer Vu Nguyen is also on the mind of one cop relatively new to the job.

We met up with him in Elyria for his thoughts on the potential risks of police work.

To serve and protect is a lot more than a police slogan.

That concept is drilled into the heads and hearts of the men and women in blue who come when we call.

Increasingly, things happen that may give many of us pause, not this young man from Amherst, Victor Colon.

"I've been in Elyria since January of this year. But, I've been a police officer going on two years now."

Officer Colon has a long career ahead of him and he's looking forward to every day of it.

"I like the excitement, never know what you're going to get day to day. The satisfaction, every day you get some kind of good out of it," he said.

He knows that every time he leaves his police station danger could be around the corner.

"Try not to get stuck on it. Obviously, it's a possibility it could happen. But, I think they do a great job here in Elyria of training you to be safe and effective at doing your job to make sure that stuff doesn't happen to us," he said.

Officer Colon says it a rewarding job that makes wearing a badge an honor.

"A lot of hard work, a lot of hours you got to put in, training-wise on the job. But it's definitely rewarding. Be honest with you it's not something you're going to be a millionaire off of, but it is a rewarding job on that alone. I think it's worth it," he said.

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