First Responders: Jonathan Mowery

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - In First Responders we meet someone who spends his days at the Lauderdale County Detention Facility. He’s far from an inmate, he's a Sergeant there, as well as a volunteer firefighter in Long Creek.

“I’ve always been interested in firefighters, the police department and things like that,” Mowery explains. “When we come in we make sure our head count is done. We make sure they get their breakfast and medication.”

Working in the jail is Mowery’s day job, but he is also a volunteer firefighter at the Long Creek Fire Department. He says it’s rewarding to serve the people of that area.

“You don’t know all these people, but they live in your area and you’re helping them stay safe. You have to make sure they stay safe and hopefully it comes back around,” Mowery says.

Mowery has a very supportive wife and three children. His brothers were also in public service.

“I had a brother that retired from the NYPD. He and my other brother were on the Meridian Fire Department for a while and were volunteer firefighters,” Mowery says.

After the suspects are captured and arrested it’s Mowery’s job to ensure they remain behind bars therefore keeping the community safe.

“Some people consider us guards or something like that, but we really are a part of law enforcement. We are not seen out on the streets because we are behind the walls,” Mowery says.

Mowery says his future remains in the field of helping others and protecting the citizens.

“I come to work every day and do my job. If I move up that would be great, but I’m happy where I’m at right now,” Mowery says.

To stay up to date with our First Responders series tune in every Sunday night for Newscenter 11 at 10:00 p.m. and on Good Morning Meridian on Monday mornings.