On July 3rd, 2011, Faith Baptist Church presented a special patriotic program entitled “A Tribute to America’s Heroes.” Throughout that program several ‘heroes’ were recognized. Two of those heroes are Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies Michael Weppelman and Mike Bissett.
|Deputy Weppelman & Deputy Bissett|
Working as deputies in the Sheriff’s Department is an honorable profession and it is a high privilege to wear the green uniform and serve the people of Polk County. It can at times be a very dangerous job. Deputy Weppelman and Deputy Bissett’s lives intersected last year when they were called out to what appeared to be a routine domestic dispute. There is nothing routine about being a deputy sheriff. On this particular day, the bad guy pulled a gun and fired at these officers. Because we have a gracious God and good training in the Sheriff’s department, Deputies Weppelman and Bissett handled this situation in the most professional way. They were instrumental in keeping the community safe and protecting the citizens of our county.
“I enjoy serving the good people of our community. I will do whatever service the people need – from retreiving an alligator from a swimming pool, getting a snake out of a house, talking to a lonely soul on a dark street, to replacing a widow’s mailbox, to putting away the bad guys.”
“I think it’s nice that the people of Polk County know that their police officers really care.”
|Deputy Bissett and family|
Deputy Bissett wanted to be a police officer ever since he watched the old Adam 12 TV programs as a boy. His favorite thing about serving as a deputy is that every day is different. You never know what to expect when you go to work. His wife Renee, who teaches in the Special Education Low Functioning Autistic Unit at Garner Elementary said,
“I pray for and completely support my husband. His being a deputy is part of our lives.”