“Our weight room and workout room are probably as good as any gym facility in the area,” Miller said.
Shadwell said he has never had to fire his weapon nor has he been fired at, but he has had some close calls. He recounted one case when a man who already had a conviction for murder had to be arrested on domestic violence. He and another deputy waited for the suspect to leave the house so they could arrest him out on the road.
“I was the first one up to him and he had a gun in his hand which he gave up,” Shadwell said. “He later told Randy (former sheriff Randy Sims) that he was really thinking about shooting one of us and having us shoot him, but changed his mind at the last minute.”
Over the years Shadwell said the biggest changes he has seen are in the technology used by today’s officers. He said the computers and cameras in the squad cars have made a big a difference. He also said the department has grown quite a bit over the years.
“I have enjoyed my job as a deputy and have no immediate plans to hang up the badge. It has been a good run for me,” he said.