FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Fresno Police Department gave a warm welcome to its newest recruits Tuesday afternoon.
"You represent the thin blue line that separates our population from the criminal elements," said Fresno Mayor Lee Brand to new recruits.
It took them a long time, but finally, they were sworn in. For Lateral Officer Jonathon Jon Hissong this moment has been a long time coming. Ever since he could remember he has always wanted to be a police officer.
"My ultimate goal was to come to Fresno, to pick up where my father left off," said Hissong.
Hissong's father worked for the Fresno Police Department 35 years ago.
"John Hissong gave his all when he died on the line of duty on July 4th, 1981," said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Jonathon Hissong senior died from an attack while chasing a suspect on foot. Hissong was only 6 months old when it happened.
"This is all I really knew about him," said Hissong. "He was a police officer and I looked up to that and I wanted to follow in his footsteps."
Even though his father is gone Hissong knows he would be proud.
"I think he would be pretty proud and pat me on the back and say good job and keep up the good work."
"I thank god that Jonathon Hissong has chosen our department and can step into the shoes of his father, officer Jonathon Hissong," said Dyer.
Nearly 40 new officers were sworn in, bringing the Police Departments total to 801 officers.
New Fresno officer continuing in his father footsteps
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