OK, not sure if you all are enjoying this series or just skipping them because they are so crazy long. Who knew I could write so much about this? This one will be the last one though. I’ve saved the last one to talk about the relationships within Scott’s job.
People talk about the bond people get on police forces and at fire departments. And to a certain extent that’s true. We aren’t all at each other’s houses every weekend and call each other family, but there’s definitely something special to their working relationship.
I think Scott’s shift has especially bonded unlike some other groups even in the same county. These guys meet up for breakfast, lunch and dinner..depending on when they’re working. At work functions, the group usually tries to stick together. Outside of work, we do a few cookouts a year around holidays at one of our houses. We had a few extra in the past year or two because one of their guys was shipped to Afghanistan with the military and they did a few going away dinners. Several of the guys on the shift have really stepped up to take care of his wife (and new baby!). Just last week or so Scott and another guy helped put down tile in their bathroom. And I know she has one of the guys’ number on speed dial when she has a situation she’s nervous about. Scott is constantly on the phone with his old corporal. They really are BFFs. When Scott went to pick up his gun in Columbia Friday, he went with him. There are several troopers that Scott is in contact with during and outside of work.
I’m not sure if the bond is strong because they literally have each other’s back at work or what. But I do know compared to a lot of working groups I know, their bond just seems a little stronger.