HOMETOWN HEROES: Jeremy Brice inspired by father

Editor’s note: The Post & Mail is featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.COLUMBIA CITY — 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 father’s footsteps.Brice is currently an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), confinement officer at Whitley County’s Jail and a Columbia City Police reserve officer. His father, Bill, is a long-time deputy with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and was also a paramedic and reserve officer.“Seeing my father, a man I respect, as an officer solidified my decision on where my life was leading me,” Brice said. “I 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.”Brice has been a confinement officer for five years and an EMT in Churubusco for two.“The medic side of my life was somewhat incidental and somewhat motivated,” Brice said. “I thought having the EMT certification would boost my resume for a future police application. In addition, I thought the skills I’d learn would be useful throughout my life.”The certification turned into a job with Parkview, though a medical career was never Brice’s intention.To read the rest of this story, see the July 25 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.