Starting a journey of service


Instead of following in his father’s seat driving a rig, Joseph Messer decided to fill a different seat, one in a patrol car.

The 22-year-old son of a truck driver is taking his first steps in his dream career as a law enforcement officer in Madisonville.

“Growing up, watching all the police shows made me interested as a young kid, so I decided to fulfill my dreams,” he said.

Messer grew up in Houston, and currently lives in the Magnolia/Tomball area.

“While I was growing up, my dad’s best friend was in law enforcement,” Messer said. “He would always come to our baseball games, our football games, and was a role model for me, just like my dad was.”

Messer said he found out about Madisonville while attending the Houston Community College Police Academy, from which he graduated on Dec. 5. The fellow officer, Michael Bellard, was sponsored by Madisonville.

“He told me about the area, and since I had always wanted to work in a smaller town, it was a perfect fit, and everything has been going good so far,” Messer said. “There is still a lot more to learn

“The idea, which may sound cliched, is that I like to be able to help out a community,” he said. “I like the idea of working in a small town, where you can make a difference and see a difference happening.”

Messer said he believes a police officer should be community-oriented.

“It’s not just arrests and tickets, its giving help to everybody that needs help,” he said. “It might seem like we do very little, but we’re the guys you’re gonna call when you’re in need. There’s no incident too small for us to help with.”