Clermont Co. deputy shares motivation behind serving county and country

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Answering the call to serve, be it for the community or for the country or both, requires a special kind of person. Fortunately for all of us, it's a tradition found across the country and right here in the Tri-State.

For Brett Buelterman, getting ready for work requires a little extra hardware such as his bullet-proof vest. For the last 12 years, he's been a Clermont County Sheriff's Deputy.

"I always wanted to be in law enforcement and I didn't really know why," Buelterman said. "And once I got older and I got into college and doing all that kind of stuff I decided, you know what? That's kind of neat that you really can give back to the community that way."

It's a desire too big for one job. In 1996, Buelterman joined the U.S. Army Reserves. He became a Captain. Buelterman was deployed once to Afghanistan.

"When I was in Afghanistan, you really got to see the people that really needed the help," Buelterman said. "The ones that didn't have the ability to do anything."

They're two dangerous jobs with one goal: to protect and serve.

And serving others runs in the Buelterman household. On Tuesday afternoon, the Buelterman's daughter Jordan, 8, donated her hair to the Pink Hearts Fund. The group makes wigs for children with cancer.

"I think it's just because I want a little change and I then you know, I hear about kids with cancer and that sort of stuff and I'm like I actually want to try and help kids with cancer," said Jordan.

Her father said he's proud to pass along the desire to help others to his two daughters.

"It's special to make sure your kids can look at you as a role model and model some of your activity and the want to give back to the community," Buelterman said.

Buelterman said his thoughts and prayers are with Officer Campbell's family.

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