Pete Ramos got a start on his law enforcement career by first serving in the U.S. Navy.
The Lamesa native graduated from high school in 2001 and was working as a cement finisher when two things happened.
His younger brother, Ruben, entered the Navy in November of that year.
Ramos decided to follow suit, but first he got married on Nov. 30. Three days later, he entered the service and traveled to Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Illinois to begin eight weeks of boot camp.
‘The hardest part was being homesick,’ he said. ‘It really helped that my brother was there. I finally got to see him there.’
The training regimen was not too difficult.
The basic trainees got up at 5:30 a.m. each day, squared away their living quarters and then ate breakfast. The rest of the day consisted of calisthenics, marching, fire control training and attending numerous classes.
The weather on Lake Michigan was ‘very cold’ during his time there.