Finding Purpose When Life Is Bad
Houston Gass is the epitome of resilience. On January 6, 2015, while working as a Police Sergeant with the Pampa (TX) Police Department, he was shot in the face with a 12 gauge shotgun. But his story doesn’t start there. At age 11, his sister was brutally murdered. In 2013, he experienced an especially difficult divorce, lost his father to cancer, and his only other sister committed suicide. In this episode, Houston shares his story, and offers encouragement to our audience about being resilient and finding purpose when life is at its worst.
Houston also shares some practical advice for cops. “Have a plan to go home, and have a plan for your family in case you don’t go home.” He encourages new recruits and veteran officers alike to have the difficult conversations with family about what could happen. He also suggests preparing a will, purchasing life insurance, and setting up your family for financial success in the case of your absence.
Houston hopes to return to active duty, and is also helping others as a peer counselor for Serve & Protect. Rob Michaels, the founder of Serve & Protect, was our guest on Episode 003 of the Watch Your Six Podcast.