New Public Safety Officer Excited to Serve in Hometown

Becoming a public safety officer takes plenty of hard work, but for one Petoskey native, all of that hard work will all be worth it.

Petoskey native Brock Kimball said he was excited when got the opportunity to serve the community he grew up in, at the Petoskey Department of Public Safety.

“My father in law was a big influence on me at that time and he retired from a career in law enforcement and that’s kind of what inspired me to pursue this career,” said Kimball.

Kimball was officially sworn in as a public safety officer earlier this month. Now, he has to go through an extensive four month training program. In order to become a public safety officer, you not only have to be a certified law enforcement officer through the state of Michigan, but you also have to be a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician (EMT).

“There’s a lot of responsibility, and there’s a lot of knowledge, you have to have to wear those different hats to transition between EMT police and fire,” said Kimball.

Chief Mathew Breed, Director of the Petoskey Department of Public Safety, said, “At any point in your day, you may be answering a police complaint, you may be answering a fire run, or maybe answering a medical call.”

Chief Breed said Officer Kimball is a great fit to the department and the community:

“He’s somebody from our community who understands their community and what our community expects from us, and he’s just very community oriented,” said Chief Breed. “When you look at serve and protect, he understand that serve is a big portion of that.

And for Officer Kimball, he can’t wait to get started, doing what he loves, in the community he calls home.

“It’s a great community. I’m ecstatic about it. I hold this department on a high regard and I think the model of public safety, speaking on multiple disciplines make’s perfect sense. For me, just take it one step at a time.”

Officer Kimball is in the training process at the Petoskey Public Safety Department. He plans to continue his education by attending Michigan Firefighter One and Two through North Central Michigan College, in which he will have completed all of the required certifications to become a public safety officer.

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