The Coshocton County Beacon January 10, 2018 - Page 15

JANUARY 10, 2018 THE BEACON 15 SUPPORT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT File | Beacon Coshocton County Sheriff ’s deputies who made a donation to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Castle are allowed to grow beards from November 2017 to the end File | Beacon of February 2018. This is just one way the sheriff ’s offi ce gives back to the community The Coshocton County Sheriff Offi ce’s staff includes two K-9s, Henata, who is pictured, and Chili. Both dogs and their handlers spend a lot of time out in the community putt ing on demonstrations for a variety of groups. Sheriff deputies share what led them to law enforcement careers By Josie Sellers COSHOCTON - Both of Robert Hill’s grandfathers were in law enforcement and he knew as a child that he wanted to follow in their footsteps. “I wanted to get out and help kids,” Hill said. “One of my grandfathers retired from here and as some of the older guys like to remind me, I know I have big shoes to fi ll.” Brian Noe at fi rst thought about becoming an Ohio Highway Patrolman, but life brought him to the Coshoc- ton County Sheriff ’s Offi ce instead. “I want to help others that can’t help themselves espe- cial children and the elderly,” he said. “I like being able to work a case all the way through and seeing people prosecuted for what they did.” Noe and Hill agreed to share their stories in honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, which was Jan. 9. Th ey are part of the Coshocton County Sher- iff Offi ce’s approximately 23 road offi cers, six detectives, eight dispatchers, eight correction offi cers, litter patrol offi cer, command and support staff , two k-9s and active auxiliary members whose job is to serve and protect the citizens of our county. File | Beacon The Coshocton County Sheriff ’s Offi ce is located at 328 Chestnut St. in Coshocton. Hill particularly remembers having the opportunity to make a diff erence in one area youth’s life. “I was on patrol in the summer and kids were throw- ing trash at the park across from the fi re department,” he said. “I showed up and they all wanted to take off . I stopped them and said if they like coming here they needed to pick up the trash. Th is one kid who I saw all the time would never wave at me or anything and asked if they picked up would I play basketball with them. I said absolutely and shot hoops with them. After that he started waving. When you see a child who wouldn’t even smile start waving and giving you high fi ves - that makes my day.” One memory from his career that sticks with Noe is being able to give a family closure. “We got a missing person call and I just had a gut feel- ing that it was more than that,” he said. “I worked some leads, made some phone calls and talked to Detective Garrison Bryant about what I had and it became a mur- der case. We were able to get the suspects in custody and give the family some closure and we did that with the help of multiple people not just one person.” Both Noe and Hill agreed that most people only come into contact with law enforcement offi cers after some- thing negative has happened and don’t know every- thing they do behind the scenes to try and help people. “We aren’t super human like some people may think we are,” Noe said. “We are just ordinary people trying to do our job to the best of our ability. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t solve cases because all the evidence we need isn’t there. We are here to try and help people though because that is our number one job to protect and serve.”