CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Just as Tenzin Kunchok's dream of becoming a Cambridge Police Officer was about to become a reality, he was deployed to Djibouti, Africa with the National Guard.
"I went to the academy in 2018, finished, did the FTO program, I think I finished it, and then I deployed."
Cambridge Police Officer Tenzin Kunchok. (Shari Small/WBZ NewsRadio)
His unit was there for 10 months on a combat mission, where they even came under fire.
"Djibouti, Africa is right next to Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea," he said. "We were there to train the troops of Djibouti in basic infantry tactics. We had a couple different missions, that was the main one, and we had port security."
Now that he's fulfilled his responsibilities, he was able to get back to his dream job at the Cambridge Police Department last week. The department kept the job open for him until he got back.
"There was a lot of support from the police department," Kunchok said. "That was amazing."
WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports