POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 5:26pm
BATON ROUGE,LA (NBC33) — After three months of blood, sweat and tears Bruce Johnson graduated from the latest Capital Area Training Academy. He's been a fire fighter for fifteen years, but now, he'll be able to be an investigator. The twelve week course challenged them with written exams, firearms training, patrol stops and much more.
"It opened my eyes to what law enforcement is involved with and what their responsibilities are. I found it a big challenge," says Johnson.
To make it through the more than 400 hours of training he had to lean on his classmates.
"Not only is it invaluable for studying together, for working together, to try to complete the course, but I think it's great out in the field as first responders, law enforcement, fire, state fire marshal. Whenever we're together we are going to have that bond where we can function more as a unit," says Johnson.
But his wife and three kids were the ones that truly inspired him to finish.
"As long as I've known him, he's always thought of others first and it comes natural for him. He likes to protect. He has a heart and wants to protect," says Lisa Johnson.
Now these graduates will make sure that all of us are safe.
"The bond that we had. That we've recognized that our dependency on each other and we're able to go out in times of crisis and help people when they're in their immediate need," says Bruce Johnson.