MILLSBORO, Del.- This week, the Millsboro Police Department appointed its first chaplain. Following his call of duty, the chaplain provides mental and spiritual support to the officers and their families.

Minister and Honorary Lieutenant Rod Dufour accepted the position in a ceremony on Monday. 

"It's a great honor. They approached me and I immediately said sure, glad to do it," Dufour said. 

This is something the department's been wanting for a while. Especially after Georgetown Officer Chad Spicer was killed in the line of duty 10 years ago.

"We saw the need then, for services like this. Officers are affected by situations that they handle on a day-in and day-out basis," says Detective David Moyer of the Millsboro Police Department. 

In the emotional ceremony Monday,  Matthew Dufour, Dufour's son and a Millsboro officer, had the honor of pinning his father. By doing so, Matthew was returning a favor. 

"When my son got out of high school he wanted to join the army and serve his country. And when they got done with basic training I got to put the cord on him and and last night he pinned my badge on me," Dufour said.

Matthew pinning his father at the ceremony

 

"I knew he'd be a shoo-in. He has the warm personality for it, he has a heart for our department as well as for God. It's a great mix for a chaplain position," Matthew said about his dad. 

The Millsboro Police Department is hoping that having a chaplain is a trend all departments will soon follow.