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Lincoln County deputy had early love for law enforcement

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Lincoln County sheriff’s Dep­uty Jared Mason’s life has been all about adjustments.

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Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Jared Mason.  TRAVIS HIGHFIELD/STAFF
Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Jared Mason.

While a nursing student at Au­gusta State University, Mason decided to refocus by asking himself one question: If money wasn’t a factor, what job would I choose?

Reflecting on his childhood, where he spent his time lugging around an old leather suitcase with a plastic badge on his shirt and a cap gun tucked into his waistband, Mason knew his passion was in law enforcement.

He again had to adjust after graduating from Augusta Technical College’s Peace Officers Training Academy in 2011. The 22-year-old graduate of Lake­side High School in Evans admits he might not have been completely ready for the more rural, more laid-back county just to the north.

“I think I had been up here twice before I came over here to work,” he said with a laugh.

Law enforcement in Lincoln County takes a special kind of person, said Capt. Jim Wallen, Mason’s supervisor. Residents are quick to know one another and enjoy life at a slower pace than what Mason was used to. But that hasn’t hindered him one bit, Wallen said.

“He was from Columbia Coun­ty and he was used to what it’s like over there,” said Wallen, who has been in law enforcement since 1972. “Here, we have country folk. But he’s a very perceptive person and he has more than adjusted to the situation. I wish I had 20 of him.”

One of the biggest challenges of working in Lincoln County, particularly in the city of Lin­colnton, is that you’re hardly a stranger wherever you go, Mason said.

“It’s kind of a balancing act,” he said. “You don’t have to get a complete bio on everyone that you talk to. But that makes it harder because they look at you as a friend instead of a law enforcement officer.”

Mason handles that challenge admirably, Wallen said, even to the point of using his skills outside of law enforcement. As a trained first responder, it’s not uncommon to see Mason beat emergency medical technicians to the scene to render aid.

It’s all part of what Wallen says is Mason’s desire to help others, no matter the emergency.

“You’ve got to realize that when you show up, you’re seeing someone on their worst day,” Mason said. “People don’t just wake up in a good mood and dial 911.”

Mason said he’s content with his job, which he would return to even if he won the lottery.

“Well, I might take a week off,” he said. “But I would come back to work here, and I would do it for free.”


AGE: 22

FAMILY: Single

LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE: Mason has served as a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy since December 2011.

LIFE BEFORE LAW: After graduating from Lakeside High School in 2009, Mason attended Augusta State University to become a nurse. He decided to change career paths and enrolled in Augusta Technical College’s Peace Officers Training Academy in 2011.

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GiantsAllDay 06/08/14 - 08:26 pm
The Fonz on Happy Days said

The Fonz on Happy Days said it best. His childhood dream was to become a cop. He said: "what other job do they pay you to ride a motorcycle and carry a gun?" But seriously, there have been numerous psychological surveys that reveal that those who desire to carry a gun for a living are probably the ones who shouldn't.

fatboyhog 06/08/14 - 10:17 pm

Could you provide a few of the sources for the psychological surveys?

willie Lee
willie Lee 06/09/14 - 05:12 am
The Truth

Not a few, all of them.

corgimom 06/09/14 - 05:39 am
" there have been numerous

" there have been numerous psychological surveys that reveal that those who desire to carry a gun for a living are probably the ones who shouldn't."

What a load of horsehockey.

curly123053 06/09/14 - 02:33 pm
Some People !!

I worked alongside law enforcement officers on a regular basis during my 22 years in EMS. I have no idea where GAD get's that information. Some of the officers I have interacted with over the years were top of the line people. If you are on the right side of the law people won't have a problem with them GAD !

Fiat_Lux 06/09/14 - 10:59 am
I want this guy as my son-in-law!

We could use a lot more like him everywhere.

Darby 06/09/14 - 11:13 am
"Could you provide a few of the sources

for the psychological surveys?"

Short answer.... NO!

csraguy 06/09/14 - 06:28 pm
Excellent Deputy

Deputy Mason is a good and caring person who is a great Deputy and EMT. He serves the community well. Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do.

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