Patrick Bacon joined the United States Army when he was 21 years old. He would make it through the rigorous schools and selections required to enter the 75th Ranger Regiment, where he served in the 3rd Ranger Battalion, spending five years in the military and leaving as a sergeant with multiple deployments under his belt. In 2013, he joined the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington D.C., and would serve there for another five years. There, he spent the majority of his time on the Crime Suppression Team, and nearing the end of his career he would get shot in the stomach, narrowly surviving. Bacon has since moved down to Tampa, Florida where he now works in the civilian sector.

“I wouldn’t trade either for the world,” he told SOFREP in an interview. “The past decade has shaped me as a human being and set me up for success.”

He went on to outline many of the similarities and differences of being a Ranger and being a Police Officer. After all, one involves deployments to a warzone and the other is, well, right back here at home. Both come with high levels of risk, and no one knows that better than Bacon.

“There are certain Ranger qualities that course through your veins once you have them,” he said. “It’s woven into your DNA. And those qualities go beyond any SOF job. To be successful, you have to take what [Ranger Batallion] gave you and weave it into your new life.”