Person of the Week

Sidney Pugh

Security Officer

Do what you like to do.  If this is something you like, you’ll be good at it.  If there is anything going on, I am here to help out.  I believe I am providing a service.

1.  What led you to the mission of being a security officer?

It was a question of supply and demand.  There was a big need for security officers.  I went to school and private security was offered.  I’ve always been a people person, so I IMG_5550thought it was a good fit.  It was six-month program that went through report writing, self-defense, and emergency procedures.  I graduated after the six-month period.

I have done receptionist type security work – working at the front desk.  I’ve worked for a university and did bike patrol.  I also did training.  When someone came in I taught them how to work at every post.  So, if someone came in, they could switch from place to place and still do a good job.

2.  What does this mission mean to you?

I give the people I’m working for a sense of security.  They know that I am here.  If there is anything going on, I am here to help out.  I can — not only keep them safe — but the Stanley building security guard 3property as well.  I believe that I am providing a service.

When I tell somebody about being an officer, I tell them, “Do what you like to do.  If this is something you like, you’ll be good at it.  If you put forth that effort, it will be easy to do and you will enjoy doing it.”  It is not a hard job.  You have to be at work – but you have to be at work at anything you have to do.  You have to be assertive.  You have to be a people person.  You have to communicate well with people.  If you can do that, this could be a stepping-stone.  There are security spots that pay pretty good and are really rewarding.

3.  What was your best day as a security officer?

One time there was a fire in a dorm.  We went through to make sure everyone was out and safe.  That was exciting because the fire department, my boss, and others at the scene patted me on the back and told me how much they Stanley building security guard 2appreciated me and how I had handled the situation.  They saw how I didn’t panic and I stayed on top of everything.

Another time some people were caught in the elevator.  I had to get them out.  I was able to get the fire department and get everyone else in and out.  We were able to get the students off the elevator safely.  Again, I had a lot of pats on the back and I was told how much they appreciated my work.  They were glad I was here.

When a job is is like that, it is better than any type of money that you can get.  As long as you do a good job and you do your best, it all works out.  So I have many best days.

4.  What was your worst day as a security officer?

My worst day as a security officer was when there was sensitivity training for the people in a building.  They had people come in and teach what to do.  But I wasn’t included.Marie Kenyon  I asked, “How could you have a meeting like that, but not include security?”  You know that if something did go down, security would be the first to clear it up.  That to me just wasn’t right.  This was basic training but we were not included.  It made me feel, “Is this what you really think of me?”  But it was about my mental mind.  I still knew that I had a job that I had to do.  How I looked at it was that I still needed to do what I needed to do and that I could always do something better.

5.  How did you survive your worst day?

I focus on the good job itself.  I want to be able to live a better life.  There are things I want to do and places I want to go.  I know that we are going to have bad days, ups and Stanley building security guarddowns.  I tell myself to stay focused and just keep pushing.   You are going to run into roadblocks.  You are going to run into setbacks.  You have to keep pushing.  That is the only way you are going to get where you want to go.

You also have to have faith in God.  If no one else knows your struggle or road, He does.  You can’t go wrong with Him.


  1. Thanks for always greeting us with a smile and keeping us safe.


  2. Maureen Jordan 02/2/14
    2:46 pm

    I go into hospitals in my job. I always notice security and smile as I go by. With increased security in so many places, I do feel safer knowing that the uniformed person is there and trained to help. So your work is very appreciated. I love your smile! Your light shines through.


  3. Thanks Sidney! As a student here at SLU Law we appreciate your cheerful demeanor to great us in the morning, and the sense of safety and security you bring.


  4. Monica Eppinger 01/31/14
    6:11 pm

    We appreciate your work, Sidney. Well done.


  5. Andrea Hunter 01/30/14
    11:45 am

    Thanks for all you do, Sidney!


  6. Monica Kimbrell 01/30/14
    8:49 am

    Well deserved recognition! Congratulations, Sidney. Thank you so much for keeping us safe and being the “face” of the Law School to everyone who comes in the door.


  7. Paige Elbe 01/29/14
    11:43 pm

    Thank you for all that you do, Sidney! Your presence makes me feel completely safe and welcome when I walk into the law school every morning.


  8. Beatrice Lasse 01/29/14
    9:57 pm

    Such a nice person! Congrats 🙂


  9. Joe Welling 01/29/14
    4:05 pm

    It takes a special person to be able to put in long hours of quiet routine but then deal with a crisis appropriately and calmly. I feel tremendously reassured that you are on the job, Sidney! Your recognition here is well deserved!


  10. Mary Pat McInnis 01/29/14
    3:54 pm

    Way to go Sidney! We are blessed to have you with us!


  11. Sidney is the man! I’ve seen him handle some very difficult visitors – including one particular person that wanted to bring her dog in with her. Very much the diplomat and she left with very few feathers ruffled. He always has a smile and he takes very good care of us!


  12. Julie Orr 01/29/14
    2:38 pm

    Congratulations and THANK YOU Sidney!


  13. Carmen Summers 01/29/14
    2:36 pm

    Congratulations Sidney! You came in and have done an extraordinary job keeping us safe. Keep up the great work!!!


  14. Carmen Summers 01/29/14
    2:34 pm

    Congratulations Sidney! Well deserved. You came in and have done an extraordinary job keeping us safe. Keep up the great work!!!


  15. Peter Salsich 01/29/14
    2:22 pm

    Congratulations, Sidney. It is nice to have you with us.


  16. Jasminka 01/29/14
    1:20 pm

    Congratulations Sidney! Well deserved! We need more people like you.


  17. Shannon Morse 01/29/14
    12:17 pm

    Thanks Sidney! It is a comfort to have you at the law school.


  18. Maureen Whitley 01/29/14
    11:41 am

    Congrats Sidney, you deserve it and more. We need more people like you, always smiling regardless of the situation. Thank you for all you do for us.


  19. LeAnn Upton 01/29/14
    11:19 am

    Congratulations Sidney! An honor well deserved. I take comfort in knowing you are our first line of defense!


  20. Hannah in CLAM 01/29/14
    11:18 am

    Sidney, we are so lucky to have you! You have been a huge help to all of our clients, and you have shown a lot of compassion for them. Thanks a bunch!


  21. Barbara Sheets 01/29/14
    10:46 am

    Your sense of caring and responsibility is a valuable asset to those you serve. Your story made me think of the importance of people like you who help provide a safe environment and are there in emergencies providing support. Thank you for being a person that is reliable and trustworthy!


  22. Alan Weinberger 01/29/14
    10:33 am

    First impressions count. We’re very fortunate that Sidney is the first person who is met by every visitor to our new building.


  23. Toni Miceli 01/29/14
    10:32 am

    Congratulations, Sidney! We are so lucky to have you at the law school!


  24. Jocelyn Brennan-Witzel 01/29/14
    10:29 am

    Thank you for keeping us safe in the law school and for being such a perfect ambassador for all who enter our doors. We are truly blessed to have you!


  25. Congratulations! Well deserved!


  26. Congratulations Sidney! You provide a professional and very friendly presence here at the law school to everyone who comes in.


  27. Maureen Burkhardt 01/29/14
    10:25 am

    Thank you for watching over us and for your smiling face each day. SLU LAW is luck to have you here!


  28. Well done, Sidney. You are a great first impression of the Law School!


  29. Thanks for all you do for us at the law school! We’re lucky to have you here.


  30. Keep up the Excellent job, Sidney. Your deeds and words are inspirational! Thank you.


  31. lol wow don’t look like that….but good look Mr Sidney


  32. Congrats Mr. Sidney Pugh. Keep up the good work. Wishing you continued success. Fathers Makes a Differences!


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