by Brittany Fholer, Copperas Cover Leader Press, November 2, 2022

Mt. Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 595 of Copperas Cove recognized Sgt. Dexter Ferdinand, of the Central Texas College Police Department. Sgt. Jesse C. Mora IV of the 411th MP Company at Fort Hood was also recognized. The award is for Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. This year’s ceremony marked a momentous occasion with the lodge recognizing two officers. Fernand is in charge of five police officers and 11 safety officers.

Sgt. Jesse Mora was most recently involved in the apprehension of a suspected serial rapist. Mora embodies the Military Police Regimental Motto of “Assist, protect and defend” every day. Sgt. Mora was selected for his “quick reaction, calm demeanor and critical thinking skills”. He also volunteered to attend supplemental training courses, such as becoming certified on radar and LIDAR equipment. This has led to an increase in his ability to deter careless and reckless driving.