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COLUMBIA CITY â€” From a very young age, Jeremy Brice knew what he wanted to do with his life. Now, as an adult, he is working to achieve his goals, nearly following his fatherâ€™s footsteps.
Brice is currently an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), confinement officer at Whitley Countyâ€™s Jail and a Columbia City Police reserve officer. His father, Bill, is a long-time deputy with the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department and was also a paramedic and reserve officer.
â€śSeeing my father, a man I respect, as an officer solidified my decision on where my life was leading me,â€ť Brice said. â€śI knew I wanted to be like him and along with the strong urge to help others, I have pursued a career as a law enforcement officer.â€ť
Brice has been a confinement officer for five years and an EMT in Churubusco for two.
â€śThe medic side of my life was somewhat incidental and somewhat motivated,â€ť Brice said. â€śI thought having the EMT certification would boost my resume for a future police application. In addition, I thought the skills Iâ€™d learn would be useful throughout my life.â€ť
The certification turned into a job with Parkview, though a medical career was never Briceâ€™s intention.
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