Thursday, July 9, 2015

Behind the Badge: Capt. Donald Jones

J-E Editor

Everyday the people of Webster County are served by the members of our various local law enforcement agencies. From the city police departments to the Sheriff’s office and Fish and Wildlife officers, these men put their lives on the line every day so that we can be safe.
During 2015 the J-E will look to honor each of these officers by telling their story in the pages of our newspaper. Please, join us in thanking these officers for what they do.

Captain Donald Jones of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department has dedicated his life to serving and protecting the public, both  from behind the badge and in the back of an ambulance.

Until May of 1990, this Sebree native worked as a logger, but at that point he switched gears and headed in a new direction. That was the month he first put on a badge, when he went to work as a volunteer auxiliary officer with the Sebree Police Department. That was also the month that he began working as an EMT with the Sebree Fire Department.

Jones moved from the Sebree Fire Department to Webster County EMS, which in 1994 was operated by Methodist Hospital in Henderson. He remained with EMS until 2000, when Regional Medical Center (now Baptist Health) took over the ambulance service.

“I transferred to Henderson, where I still work as a part-time EMT with Henderson EMS,” Jones said.

All the while he was still working on the law enforcement side of things. In January of 1996, Sheriff Kenneth Storey offered Jones a full-time position with the Webster County as a road deputy.

“This job has given me the opportunity to serve the people of Webster County,” Jones said of his career with the Sheriff’s Department. “The worst part of it is when you have situations with hurt children or other victims.”

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