Please welcome my first guest blogger, Hot Fuzz (aka: HF). The following post is his account of what happened yesterday when he passed his certification test.
Yesterday the weight was lifted. I had my final certification test to become a state certified law enforcement officer. The PT portion of the test went well but the written portion quickly turned into a nightmare. Ours was the first class to have the written portion administered on computers and it quickly became apparent that the bugs hadn’t been worked out all the way. When we arrived at the computer lab it took about an hour for the site to load. Once it finally allowed us access to the test, 5 people got locked out mid test and couldn’t get back in. An hour later everyone’s computers shut down for no reason.
By then we were all freaking out, wondering what had become of our exams and what would happen to our scores. After 15 minutes the site allowed almost everyone back in and had miraculously saved everyone’s work. Many of us were relieved and resumed working the test when someone noticed that the built in test clock had continued running while we were trying to get back into the system, costing everyone 15 minutes of valuable test time. By this time the director of the academy had decided to allow everyone who didn’t finish, to retake the test in paper format the next day. By the time it was all over it was 11:00pm. I managed to finish the test that night with a passing score.
No one expected to have to go through so much trouble at the end of the academy just to take a test; but the experience taught us to never expect anything to be easy. Shortly after getting married Mrs. Fuzz and I came to the conclusion that life would be easier for us if we planned for the worst and were pleasantly surprised when anything less than disaster happened. We’ve followed that motto from the start and it’s made it considerably easier to deal with obstacles when they present themselves. I’m just glad I was able to get through it and maintain a calm head throughout.
With all that being said, there is absolutely no way I could have done this without Mrs. Fuzz. I consider her vital to my success in the academy and now as I go through my department’s FTO program. She has been the constant in my life throughout this year of utter chaos. My graduation from the academy is just as much her victory as it is mine and I count myself very lucky to have her in my corner.
Thank you Mrs. Fuzz for letting me sleep (crash is more like it) when I needed to, for making sure I ate right, for holding my feet when I needed to practice my sit-ups, for putting up with hours upon hours of noisy dry firing in the living room, for washing my uniforms and keeping track of my handcuff keys when I was too scatter brained to remember where they were, for giving me a closet and organizing it, for making the sacrifices necessary to give me the best chance at success, and for being the best mother our children could ever have. I love you so much.