Fredericktown Officer Joris to Speak at COTC Alumni Panel: The Reality of Law Enforcement: Risk and Reward
April 20, 2016 - 12:07 PM
Officer Rene Joris
(Photo Provided by Central Ohio Technical College)
NEWARK – When
you do police work in a small town, you get to know the lay of the land
really well. It gets to the point that you know details like what cars
are supposed to be in what driveways at what time. That's why
Fredericktown Police Officer Rene Joris, a 2015 Central Ohio Technical
College (COTC) graduate, knew something wasn't right on December 20,
"I was patrolling a side street, and I caught a flicker out of the
corner of my eye," said Joris. "I slowed down, and I observed a fire
over to my right. It was approximately two feet by four feet on the side
of the house."
The homeowners had no idea the fire was burning on
their wooden porch. Joris notified the fire department and went to the
front door of the home to see if anyone was inside.
contact with the resident and advised them 'Hey, your porch is on fire.'
They had no idea," said Joris. "I had them come outside. We went around
the side of the house and shuttled several buckets of water, and we
were able to put their fire out."
"Many guys would have probably
just driven right by it, thinking it was the fire from a gas grill just
flaming up," said Fredericktown Police Chief Roger Brown. "He followed
his instinct. By turning around and going back, he prevented a lot of
damage. He also potentially saved lives."
Joris received a commendation from his department for the work he did that night. "When
there's a new officer, you have to recognize them for their actions.
Obviously that was the first thing that came to mind when I heard about
what Rene did," said Brown.
"I did what any other officer
would do," said Joris. "I believe that we are here to save lives,
protect lives and protect property."
Joris graduated from COTC's
Basic Police Academy in May, 2015. The Academy is designed to prepare
students to meet the requirements of the Ohio Peace Officer Training
Commission. Students participate in more than 630 hours of training. "I loved the whole academy. It was a great experience, and I learned so much." said Joris.
Joris will be returning to campus tomorrow speak to students as part of an alumni panel discussion called The Reality of Law Enforcement: Risk and Reward.
The event will allow students to learn from and network with graduates
who are already out working in the law enforcement community. Central
Ohio Technical College President Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., will also make a
special announcement about plans to honor fallen Danville Police Officer
Thomas Cottrell, a COTC graduate.
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