CAPTAIN BRIAN SHER

Indianola police officer, 25 years

What’s your funniest moment as a police officer?

At some point, a long long time ago, this funny town we live in decided to give me a nick name….I don’t know who started it, or how it spread like wild fire……but…….I have been called highchair for 25 years!

Brian Sher two Indianola Residents

CHIEF DAVE BUTTON

Years of service: 34 total, 6 with Indianola

What’s your favorite food?

Italian

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Giada De Laurentiis.
I’m going to be hungry, so if I’m stranded with a world-class Italian chef who, quite frankly, is easier on the eyes than Emeril, then so be it.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

I worked a high-profile double homicide that involved a hit man, stolen and hidden money, a mistress, and a subject who crossed the entire country over a couple of weeks while fleeing. Arresting the hit man and the victims’ family members who hired him was quite satisfying.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

For those that remember him, Race Bannon from the old Johnny Quest cartoon.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

During nap time, we were required to lay on our backs. I proved to be a bit of rebel as I periodically would roll onto my side while Mrs. Axton was not watching.

LIEUTENANT ROB HAWKINS

Years of service: 22

What’s your favorite food?

Prime Rib with a side of creamy horseradish sauce

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Outside of my family, I would love to be stranded on an island with the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. Just because the stories would be endless, and I would learn so much history about our great country.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

One time, I responded to a verbal domestic call between spouses at 6am where the wife had stayed out all night, leading the husband to think that she was out cheating on him. They continued to argue back and forth, and the wife finally looked at her husband and she said, “who would want me with my hairy legs and pink eye!” My partner and I looked at each other and busted up laughing. Not my most professional moment.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

My favorite cartoon character is Bugs Bunny. He also knows what to say and when to say it, plus has a great sense of humor.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I tried to eat the crayons.

OFFICER BRAD METCALF

Years of service: 20

What’s your favorite food?

I’ll eat whatever someone else wants to pay for, that’s my favorite type of food. But right behind that I would go with a medium-rare ribeye with baked potato, green beans, a frosty beverage, followed up with a slice of banana cream

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

First of all, how did I end up on this deserted island? Since I’m not a huge fan of large bodies of water I’d sure hope MacGyver was with me. With his superb engineering skills of making things out of nothing with his Swiss army knife I don’t think we’d be on the island very long. I’m sure he could whittle a boat or airplane out of some driftwood and make it run on seaweed or coconut water.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

A resident needed assistance one night in removing a bat from inside their home. A former officer entered the room it was contained in, with a tennis racket in hand. This officer did not care for bats. The bat began swooping around the room. The officer was franticly swinging the bat with their eyes closed and ran out of the room screaming like a little girl.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Scooby-Doo. Scooby and the gang are always solving strange mysteries and stopping someone from creating havoc on the world. These episodes are such great training videos.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

The worst thing I did in kindergarten was graduate from it. Things were so much simpler then. Plus, I miss recess and nap time.

OFFICER CHRIS MARSH

Years of service: 26

What’s your favorite food?

Fried Chicken

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Mary Ann and Ginger from Gilligans Island, because they made the best banana cream pie…..

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

The arrest of the person who wanted to make a complaint about me. When he came in to the station, he was not only drunk, but had a warrant for his arrest and drugs in his pocket.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Bugs Bunny, because he was a rabbit for all situations, always had the right comeback, and always had the funny lines.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I refused to get in the lunch line because I was not done with nap time, I got yelled at…

OFFICER DEVIN THOMAS

Years of service: 1

What’s your favorite food?

Jack’s Pizza.

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Gal Gadot AKA Wonder Woman. Because our children would have super powers.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

Watching Sgt. Largesse attempt to dance.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Tommy Pickles from Rugrats.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I got in trouble for spelling out the word S-E-X in hangman. The teacher pulled me aside and threatened to call my parents when in reality I just threw 3 letters together to try and win the game because whoever won got a prize.

OFFICER JAY HACKETT

Years of service: 2014, 4 years

What’s your favorite food?

Anything from Funaro’s deli. You have to ask for the 5-0 or the hot fuzz.

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

If we are talking alive or dead, I’m going to go with Steve Irwin the crocodile hunter. Cikey mate that would be a good time. My second choice would be Bear Grylls. The nice thing with Grylls is having the camera crew following you around tossing you power bars and bottles of water when you need it.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

My favorite arrest was hooking the Grinch red handed. This was caught on body camera and was featured in the IPD holiday video.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

It’s a tossup between Scooby-Doo and Shaggy. I’m bit of a hippy and I’m always looking for something to eat. I love solving mysteries. I get to roll around town in a sweet car like the mystery machine. Scooby and Shaggy love working with their team to get the job done.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I would pretend to be sick so I could go home and nap and hangout with my pets. Also when you are a sick little kid you can get away with more stuff.

OFFICER JENNIFER WILLIAMS

Years of service: 3 years

What’s your favorite food?

My favorite food is Cashew Chicken, no cashews or veggies and fried rice without the veggies!

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

I would want the comedian Amy Schumer and survival expert, Mykel Hawke. The reason I want Amy is being stranded on an island can be alarming and stressful for anyone. With the comedy and laughter that comes from this lady, anyone would have a great time alone on an island! The reason I want Mykel, well that’s obvious. He’s a world known expert on surviving outdoors. Not only are his practical and safe skills through the roof, he’s a genuine guy who anyone would want having their back in the wilderness.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

The best arrests are always the ones that take a lot of investigation and interviews and you figure out the offender and go and find them. It’s such a satisfying feeling! The funniest moment was when I had to arrest an invisible person. I was called out to an apartment where the reporting party, with bad mental issues, said she was seeing a guy walking around her apartment and kept bothering her. I arrived there and “found” the male and arrested him. I got my handcuffs out, “arrested” the guy and took him out to my car. I came back inside and the lady was so happy I got rid of him for her!

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

My favorite character is Happy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I choose this character because he resembles me. I’ve been so happy and try to be as positive as I can. I don’t mesh well with negative or angry people which is why Happy and Grumpy, in the movie, never get along!

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I had gone out to the hallway to use the restroom. When I came back to the classroom, I got behind the teacher, who’s back was facing the door, and mimicked all her movements. The class was cracking up. She turned around and I hid behind the book shelf. I was sent to the office and had to call my mom.

OFFICER JOSHUA TEMPLE

Years of service: 2

What’s your favorite food?

It’s a toss-up between sushi and boneless wings.

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

If I had to pick one person it would be Bear Grylls because he knows how to survive pretty much anywhere on the planet. He also is a former British SAS serviceman so he would have plenty of stories to pass the time.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

-My funnies moment is at my own expense. After approximately 1 year on the road (1 week until I was off probation) I was patrolling on night shift. I observed a vehicle that was driving poorly but that hadn’t broken any laws yet. The vehicle entered the Hy-Vee parking lot and parked, so I parked to observe the vehicle. I waited approximately 15min before I decided to go into Hy-Vee to get a drink. When I left I decided to drive by this vehicle, as I passed the front, the driver quickly reclined the seat back. I turned my patrol vehicle quickly towards the car while trying to look into the vehicle to see what he was doing. I failed to notice the light pole in front of my car and struck it. The suspect then exited his vehicle and asked if I was okay. Turns out he was sleeping before work. In summary, I managed to hit a light pole in a parking lot with only 1 other car in it.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

My favorite cartoon character has always been Scooby-Doo (classic Scooby).

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I am on video playing soccer (Kindergarten age), dribbling the ball downfield when a child from the other team steals the ball from me. I respond by hauling off and kicking him in his rear…

OFFICER MICHAEL CHIA

Years of service: 2 years

What’s your favorite food?

My favorite food is Grimaldi’s pizza and with an ice cold beer.

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Jennifer Aniston because I would “just go with it”.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

When Officer Thomas and I arrested a subject with a suitcase full of narcotics a shotgun and a pistol.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Jerry the mouse from Tom and Jerry.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

The worst thing I did in kindergarten always seemed to be that I would talk when the teacher was talking.

OFFICER TYE SPARKS

Years of service: almost 1

What’s your favorite food?

Fully loaded Nachos

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

My wife, because I feel like she would want me to say that.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

My first week by myself as an officer I was assisting other officers with a warrant arrest. There was a snowstorm prior so there were piles of snow. As Officers attempted to arrest the wanted subject, his brother decided to get involved. I proceeded to push brother into a snow bank off of a deck. Legend has it that the snow bank was near the county line.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Animated Batman

OFFICER ZACHARY EWING

Years of service: 1

What’s your favorite food?

Steak

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Tom Hanks, he has survived it once.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

Accidently calling the Chief at 1am.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Scooby-Doo

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

See how far I could stand and still hit the urinal.

SERGEANT JUSTIN KELLER

Indianola police officer, 14 years

What’s your favorite food?

With two kids under the age of 8…it has quickly become Mac and Cheese!

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

One of my favorite arrests was during Halloween when I got in a foot chase with someone dressed as a $100 bill….it was my most “rewarding” arrest!

SERGEANT RICK LARGESSE

Years of service: 15

What’s your favorite food?

Pho

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

My grandpa because he was tough as nails and great story teller.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

I was driving down the street and smelled marijuana, so I stopped to investigate. I ended up locating two men hiding up in a tree smoking marijuana.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

GI Joe

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I used to hide my vegetables in my empty milk carton until the teachers caught on and would come by and shake my milk carton to make sure I wasn’t stashing veggies in it.

SERGEANT SCOTT DWYER

Years of service: 22

What’s your favorite food?

A bacon wrapped donut with shredded pork filling.

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Just my wife… no one else could stand me for very long.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

Watching Rob Hawkins back into a light pole in his squad car with a prisoner in the back seat… Hilarious!

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Porky pig… “That’s all folks”.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

Steal a crayon and eat it.

APRIL ABBAS

Carlisle Police Department, 2 years as a reserve officer, 14 years certified

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

Responding to a call for service for a door to door salesman at a rural farm. Went to speak with the home owners and when I returned to my squad car one of their goats was on the roof of my car. Explaining that to the boss was fun!

CAMERON WARD

Atlantic Police Department, 2.5 years

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

My wife because she would be mad if I said anyone else.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

When I pulled someone over for having a barred license and when they stopped, the driver slid over to the passenger seat to pretend that they had not been driving. Meanwhile, I watched them do this and they were the only person in the vehicle.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

Nothing because I was an absolute saint.

CRAIG CUTTS

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 32 years of service

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

My Golden Retriever, Bella. Why? Loyalty!!

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

Ran out of class when the teacher wasn’t looking. They found me six blocks away, headed home, still running!

DEVIN HOGUE

Atlantic Police Department, 9 years of service

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

As long as the island is big enough for each of us to have space when needed, my wife.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

I had a short foot pursuit a female who subsequently fell when I caught up to her. When I stood her up, she informed me that she had defecated herself. I then walked her over and placed her in my partner’s vehicle for transport to the jail.

AUSTIN LECHTENBERG

Cedar Falls Police Department (formerly of Indianola PD), 2 years of service

What’s your favorite food?

Anything edible. I’m always hungry so any food is good food.

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Dan Bilzerian. If you know who he is, you know why. He has everything anyone would ever need and more. He’s strong, has a luscious beard, and knows how to have a good time. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, but if he can’t get a job done, he’ll just pay someone that will.

What’s your favorite cartoon character?

Patrick Star from Spongebob. I’ve seen every episode of every season and Patrick never disappoints. Especially after Spongebob found out Patrick wore yellow underwear just for him. Even though they were white when he bought them.

OFFICER TATE DEGRAFF

40 days, Indianola Police Department

What’s your favorite food?

Grandma’s homemade Cinnamon rolls. Everyone tries to make them but no one can make them like grandma!

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Nolan Ryan but we have to have a baseball and gloves just so I can play catch with a legend.

OFFICER DALTON EBERTOWSKI

40 days, Indianola Police Department

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Jennifer Lopez because she has good genetics and we’d have to build some sort of civilization.

What's your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

I’ve yet to arrest someone so I’d say getting hired has been the highlight of my career.

What's the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

Had too many girlfriends.

TYSON RUMLEY

4 years, Osceola Police Department

What's your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

Recently, a gentleman called 911 because he said he had a lizard in his tree. It ended up being someone’s pet iguana that had escaped captivity. That was a first!

CHAD ROWSON

16 year, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

What's your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

Funniest moment would have to be making a vehicle stop and the driver was not wearing any clothes. When I asked her why she wasn’t wearing any clothes she stated that it was hot out.

What's the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

Threw a snowball at my teacher…….I was trying to hit my friend.

NATE ANDERSON

13 years, Department of Natural Resource

What's your favorite food?

Smoked Northern Pile.

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

My wife and kids — they always make me laugh.

What's your favorite cartoon character?

Cubby Bear.

What's the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I kissed a girl.

AUSTIN LITTLE

Under 1 year, Marion County Sheriff’s Department

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Carrie Underwood, I mean she could sing to keep me entertained and also she doesn’t suck to look at. I think she could surprise a few people with her survival skills.

What's the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I marked on the wall and blamed it on one of my good friends and I got away with it. Years down the road I did end up telling my kindergarten teacher about it because my friend couldn’t have recess for the rest of the week.

BRIAN BIGAOUETTE

20 Years, Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

Jennifer Aniston. Because It’s Jennifer Aniston! But if my wife asks… It’s her.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

Recently another agency ran license plates at a local motel and one of the registered owners came back with nationwide warrants – we’ll call him John Doe. While assisting the other agency, they made entry to a hotel room to arrest the subject on his felony warrants – after the manager confirmed he was inside. Once the arrest was made I made my way to the hotel room where the subject was in custody (laying on the bed facedown, naked, covered in tattoos and handcuffed). He was with a female companion and she was allowed to go into the bathroom to put some clothes on. About the time she came out of the bathroom the officer called him by name (John Doe). To this the female coming out of the bathroom yelled… John Doe? John Doe is my uncle and I’m driving his car. That’s (pointing to the guy on the bed) NOT John Doe!

ISAAC SHORT

6 Years, Marion County Sheriff’s Office

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

My funniest moment as a police officer so far was attempting to corral a bunch of chickens by myself during the day as people watched.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

The worst thing I did when I was in kindergarten was being the kid in class that would always get in trouble for talking.

JASON SANDHOLDT

24 Years, Marion County Sheriff’s Office

Who would you like to be stranded on a deserted island with and why?

My wife and kids. As Sheriff, my job often times gets in the way of me getting to spend time with family. I want as much time as I can get with them while they are young so here is a great opportunity to do that.

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

I can’t narrow it down to one specific arrest but I worked undercover for 8 years and really enjoyed holding those individuals that thought they were smarter than law enforcement accountable for their actions. It was very satisfying making a difference prosecuting those involved in higher level crimes. There is nothing like working undercover and having a bad guy tell you, “the cops are idiots and will never catch me!”

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

I got caught playing with matches in a camper. My cousin and I were lighting them and throwing them down into the septic tank. Luckily for us it didn’t explode and we didn’t get blown up.

ANTHONY PALMER

10 Years, Carlisle Police Department

What’s your favorite arrest or the funniest moment as a police officer?

I had a guy who was high on methamphetamine, wearing a swim suit and a fur coat who decided to turn upside down in the back of my patrol car and got stuck.

What’s the worst thing you did in kindergarten?

Can’t remember kindergarten!!