Sergeant Jason Sery
Jason has been a police officer for over 20 years. Halfway through his career, Jason began to sense a darkness setting in. The accumulation of exposure to danger, evil, deadly-force encounters, and tragedy was taking toll. This resulted in a self-destructive path that nearly cost him his life.
Through the help and support of his faith, family, agency’s peer support/chaplain program, and counseling, Jason was able to move to the path of healing and recovery. In October 2020 Jason took steps to start sharing his story. He began with nearly 200 sworn and non-sworn members of his own police department.
In March 2021 Jason was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by his department which read:
“In 2020, after many years of struggling with depression secretly, Sergeant Sery shared his struggle and recovery process during a department-wide training. By doing so, he broke down the stigma associated with mental health among law enforcement officers and provided local resources to anyone who may be struggling. His actions were extraordinary and a department first.
Given the national suicide rates of both current and former police officers, he is certainly not the only one who has dealt with depression within the department. However, he is the first at the department who has had the courage to speak about the problem in a public forum.
This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in police work, or outstanding performance of duties under unusual, complicated, or hazardous conditions. It may also be awarded for outstanding performance over a prolonged period of time. Sergeant Sery’s service is in the finest tradition of law enforcement and reflects great credit upon himself.”
Since Fall 2020 Jason has taken the opportunity to speak with several police, first responder, and faith-based groups. He has a passion for bringing the conversation of first responder wellness to the forefront.
In addition, Jason is the author of a book titled More Than A Cop. The book is a detailed account of his struggles through darkness and the road to healing and recovery.
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you."
- Isaiah 43:2