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HOMETOWN HEROES: Janelle Schmitt — WCSD dispatcher

June 18, 2013

Janelle Schmitt has been a dispatcher with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years, while her husband is a deputy with the department. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Between Janelle Schmitt and her husband, Scott, the pair spend a combined 16 hours per day at the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

Janelle is a 13-year first-shift dispatcher and Scott works second shift as a road deputy.

“We work opposite shifts. I’m usually asleep when he gets home,” Janelle said. “But I’m glad we have two days off together.”

Though the couple may spend a lot of time in public safety and law enforcement, Janelle said that’s not typically the topic of discussion when they’re off work.

They have a six-year-old son, Lucas, who occupies a lot of their time.

“While I was a full-time dispatcher at Whitley County, I used to work part time for Columbia City and Noble County. That changed after we had Lucas,” Janelle said.

Janelle began her career with the Indiana State Police as a dispatcher, but was there for six months before she took a position at Whitley County.

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