For police officer Scot Fanjoy, staying upbeat is part of the job
BARNSTEAD - In his days in the military, Scot Fanjoy saw a lot of things he wishes he hadn't. On the job every day, he takes his life in his hands in sometimes dangerous situations.
Yet, he greets you with the broadest of smiles, he glows as he talks about his wife and child, and he's not shy about telling you why his attitude is so bright.
"I'm always happy when I'm helping people, that makes my day," said Fanjoy, 32, now a Concord police officer, formerly a U.S. Army sergeant who served in Kosovo, Korea, and Iraq before becoming a police officer in Webster for three years prior to becoming a Concord officer.
His work as a patrolman brings daily rewards. "Every day I get to give back everything I can to the community by serving as a police officer," he said. "I really enjoy that."
With a criminal justice degree from the New Hampshire Technical Institute and a degree in applied studies of management at Granite State College, he also serves his fellow officers as a firearms instructor and an active shooter response instructor for Concord police. He's received a bravery medal from Concord police as well.
In his nine years of service in the Army, his focus was on rescue and recovery of people and equipment. And for the past 17 years, he's been a ski hill rescuer, working as a volunteer ski patroller at Pats Peak, for which he's been honored by the National Ski Patrol.?Fanjoy says he learned the value and benefits of giving back to the community from his father, who served on a helicopter in the Vietnam War.
"I try to follow his example of serving," he said.
But he's also determined to enjoy the effort, he said. Among the major accomplishments he lists is having successfully beaten his neighbor in their annual snow-blowing competition.
"I really like having fun," he said. "Life has been very interesting so far."