ST. CLOUD - He's an all-star track athlete at St. Cloud Christian School, but Senior Brendon Jones has bigger things in mind after he graduates: putting his life at risk to protect others through law enforcement and SWAT training.

St. Cloud Christian School Senior Brendon Jones. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)
St. Cloud Christian School Senior Brendon Jones. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)

"It's up to the Lord and where he places me, but I'd like to go to Los Angeles because it has the highest officer fatality rate. The SWAT, they're kind of the guardian angels in the city and are called when officers are in danger," Jones says.


Whether it's through his long-term goals or being a team captain for the Kids' Ministry Team at Joy Christian Center, Jones says he's always had a natural desire to serve and give back to others.

"Ever since I was young, I've wanted to serve my country. I've always wanted to use the good in me to diminish some of the bad in this world and to use my protective instincts to protect the innocent."

Jones hopes to go the police academy in Los Angeles right after graduation. He would attend specialized SWAT training after a couple years on the force. On top of his selfless ambition, St. Cloud Christian School secondary science teacher Ashley Magaard says he's an outstanding student and is always willing to step up and help others.

"It's actually extremely humbling. He's a student you can definitely depend and rely on. If you need help: he's one of the first people we think of."

This is his 6th year at SCCS and he couldn't be happier and humbled to inspire other students.

"As a team captain of varsity track, it's also a great experience just to be able to interact with kids and be a source they can look to for inspiration maybe and advice."


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