Fortitude: Without Acknowledgment is more than a story of police corruption and job ethics, but a tale of will, character and perseverance. A David and Goliath story of a detective that has to go up against a corrupt sheriff; but first he has to achieve a private victory and tell the truth and be honorable to the core values of his profession. This story of moral courage is colored from an athlete's view of a winning mindset. The detective says that he got hold of the winning edge while training for the ironman triathlon. It gave him the moral, mental and physical momentum to endure the trial and tribulations of his agency during a fragmented six year period of corruption. Detective Jaramillo believes that our internal strength and mental toughness will emerge under pressure when we have the belief that the almighty God has confidence in us. The detective says the scandal did more than challenge his self-esteem and call into question his integrity in regards to his profession, but also tested his courage to be bold enough to pursue his dreams and goals in life. It was a leap of faith.
This work is a reflection of more than twenty-five years of police work, his education in the criminal justice field, and his athletic experiences as a kickboxer, distance runner and a tri-athlete. What emerges is his personal philosophy of mental toughness and unrestricted belief in the almighty God. It was the dominating thoughts instilled in him by his parents that self-confidence and the respect of others comes from walking your talk and paying the price, day in and day out.