Newest Winters police officer and firefighter sworn in

Winters Fire Engineer Jesus Marquez (left) and Winters Police Officer Thomas Letterman (center) take their oath from Winters City Clerk Tracy Jensen at the Aug. 26 Swearing In Ceremony. Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express

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Winters Fire Department and Winters Police Department officially welcomed two new members of their teams at a swearing in ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at the Public Safety Training Facility.

Police officer Thomas Letterman and Fire engineer Jesus Marquez took their oaths, administered by City Clerk Tracy Jensen, as friends, family and colleagues looked on.

Winters Fire Chief Brad L. Lopez called the job of firefighters a lifestyle as he began to introduce Marquez.

In 2015 Marquez joined Winters Fire as a volunteer firefighter while he finished his emergency medical technical class.

“Winters Fire is where he began to learn the trade and gain valuable experience as a professional firefighter,” Lopez said.

Later Marquez became a part-time firefighter in the City of Red Bluff where he gained additional techniques and skills before returning to the Winters Fire Department as a seasonal firefighter in 2018.

In late 2018, he joined Woodbridge Fire Department and was promoted to a full-time firefighter.

In March of 2020 he was selected as the top applicant for the fire engineer by Lopez, and then hired in the position.

“As you can see Marquez took the opportunity to gain experience early into his career as a volunteer and a professional firefighter,” Lopez said. “Today he continues to demonstrate dedication, loyalty, integrity and a commitment to serving his community.”

Winters Police Chief John P. Miller said it is undeniably a trying time for law enforcement in America, noting it may be the most trying time in history.

He acknowledged Letterman as an exceptional citizen who has chosen to endure these criticisms and to strive valiantly for the Winters community; and quoting Theodore Roosevelt, “spends himself for a worthy cause.”

Letterman enrolled in the Napa Valley College Police Academy in Dec. 2007, and was soon hired on at the Citrus Heights Police Department where he served as a reserve police officer for 6 and a half years until 2014.

Nine years later he resumed a career in law enforcement in December 2018 by enrolling in a recertification course.

Letterman was hired onto the WPD by Miller on March 9.

On the WPD “Behind the Badge, Who We Are” series, it notes that Letterman’s goals are to obtain his degree to become a Field Training Officer, to join the WPD Bicycle Unit and to eventually promote in the future.

Marquez asked his father Luis Marquez to pin him during the pinning portion of the ceremony.

Letterman’s wife Josephine was accompanied by their two children to pin his badge on him.

Miller noted that the WPD badges all displayed a black mourning band across them in honor of Sgt. Virgil Thomas of the Richmond Police Department who died on Thursday, Aug. 13 due to complications of COVID-19.

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