My usual dress for the day at work is pants and a collared shirt, and my biggest concern is how to best write an article so that it gives the reader insight into whatever the topic is. Our law enforcement officers (LEOs) face unimaginable and often unseen dangers each day when they put on the uniform and badge. This was never more evident this past weekend right down the road in Alamo, where Officer Dylan Harrison was ambushed and killed in the parking lot of the police station. It was his first shift with the department. He leaves behind a wife and 6-month old.
This week, The Chronicle’s Behind the Badge series speaks with Trooper First Class Stan McCoy of Post 19.
What is your education background?
Trooper McCoy: I graduated from Treutlen County High School.
How long have you been a trooper?
Trooper McCoy: I have been a trooper for 2.5 years.
Why did you decide to become a trooper?
Trooper McCoy: I decided to be a trooper so that I could help keep people safe and get bad people off the roads.
What is your work history with the GSP? What posts have you worked at?
Trooper McCoy: After graduating from trooper school, I have spent my entire career at Post 19.
What is the favorite part of your job?
Trooper McCoy: The excitement of never knowing what I’ll get into on a given shift.
What does the badge mean to you?
Trooper McCoy: Trust. It’s comforting knowing that people from all walks of life can call and help is on the way.
Who is your support system?
Trooper McCoy: My wife and my faith.
How does your family deal with the different aspects of your job?
Trooper McCoy: While it can be tough sometimes, my wife is very supportive because she knows I’m doing what I love.
How do you deal with the stresses of your job?
Trooper McCoy: Exercise and leisure, and not at the same time.
How have things changed over the years?
Trooper McCoy: Even though I haven’t been in law enforcement as long as some of my coworkers, I have seen immense change in my time. I’ve seen bad people take advantage of the distrust in law enforcement. I’ve also seen good people be more supportive than ever.
What are some issues that you must deal with under the current atmosphere?
Trooper McCoy: In the current climate, some people have become wary of placing their trust in law enforcement. Sometimes the people who are not as trusting are the ones that need help the most. This puts evil people in a great position to take advantage of them.
We here at The Crossroads Chronicle thank Trooper McCoy for taking the time and allowing us some insight into his life. We hope that he as well as all of our LEOs know how much the general public appreciate the sacrifice they exhibit everyday. As always, we pray for their safety as they fulfill their pledge to “serve and protect.”