More Than 40 Graduate From Montgomery Police Academy

Timothy Talbott
Timothy Talbott

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- It's backstage at Armory Learning Arts Center and the curtain is about to rise on a life-long dream for Timothy Talbott.

"I'm excited and prepared," Talbott said.

Talbott has an unusual story. He went through the police academy two years ago but never graduated. That's because somebody called; Uncle Sam.

"I finished the academy at 5 pm and the next morning at 5 am I was on the road," said Talbott.

Within a matter of hours Talbott went from Officer Timothy Talbott to Marine Reservist Timothy Talbott. So instead of patrolling the streets of Montgomery, Talbott patrolled the roads in Iraq and provided protection for a very special group of people.

"Those who diffused roadside bombs, we provided security for them," said Talbott.

One year in Iraq. Now he's back home. Talbott did not have to take his courses all over again. All that was required was to simply take the oath and take the walk across the stage.

Talbott wouldn't trade the interruption for anything. In fact, he believes it'll make him a better police officer, a better policeman should life on the streets get a little dicey.

"I think I'll be able to communicate with people better especially if there's a language issue," Talbott said.

From one dangerous job to another, Timothy Talbott is ready to report to duty, ready to put his life on the line. This time here at home.

Talbott signed up for another 3 years with the Marine Reserves which means he could get called up again.