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Heroism is in his blood

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Winner of National Heroism Award among latest additions to police force

By Carol A. Clark

Jordan Redmond is one of the newer police officers at the Los Alamos Police Department. His father is Bill Redmond of Los Alamos, who was a member of the U.S. House representing northern New Mexico’s 3rd District in 1997-98. He replaced Gov. Bill Richardson who was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations by President Bill Clinton.

“We weren’t surprised,” Bill Redmond said of his son joining the police force. “Jordan was an Eagle Scout and very committed to community service. He is one of the few Boy Scouts in the country to receive the National Heroism Award.”

When Redmond was 14, he and three other local Scouts were presented with the National Heroism Award for performing CPR on their scoutmaster who suddenly had a heart attack while the troop was on canoe trip in 1998.

“So becoming a police officer is in his character,” his father said.

LAPD Capt. Randy Foster describes Redmond as someone who stood out during the hiring process.

“We liked what we saw and feel he’ll be a real asset to the department,” Foster said.

Redmond, 26, explained that as a child he was interested in being a police officer.

“I became interested after watching ‘The Hunt for Red October’ and other Jack Ryan movies,” he said.

Redmond studied psychology and theology as an undergraduate at Lincoln Christian University in Illinois.

He went on to earn his master’s degree in organizational leadership at Norwich University in Vermont and is nearly halfway through his doctoral program. He is working on his doctorate in organizational leadership through Capella’s online program.

“I started with the Los Alamos Police Department in April and will finish my field training next month,” Redmond said. “I’ll enter the police academy in Santa Fe in September and finish in February.”

Redmond’s mother is Shirley-Raye Redmond.

He recalled her reaction to the news that he was going to become a police officer. “She said she just wants me to be safe.”

Redmond’s previous employment includes leadership development instructor at Omnicell in San Francisco, education liaison director at American & Chinese Civic Exchange, admissions officer and company leadership advisor at St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kansas, interned with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services and a loan administrative assistant at Los Alamos National Bank.