June 2018

Protect & Serve: A Conversation with Cops

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

SSgt. Robert DiCarlo

Years on the force: 24 total; 13 with Beaufort County S.O., 11 with Barnstable Sheriff’s Office in Massachusetts.
Hometown: Centerville, (Cape Cod) Massachusetts

Why did you pursue a career in law enforcement?
Ever since I could walk and talk I wanted to be in law enforcement and wanted to make a difference. The excitement, change of pace, helping people, and knowing every single day on the job will be different from the day before ultimately led to this profession.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time? What is that? When not working, I enjoy attending my son’s sporting events, cooking, yard work or relaxing with my wife, Michele.

Any charities near and dear to your heart?
First and foremost, the NMD (No More Diabetes) Foundation, which is my family’s own foundation since our son Niklas was diagnosed with type one diabetes on June 1, 2009. All the proceeds raised go directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, our primary charity of choice.

Favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere with great friends, crystal clear waters, tropical temperatures, and frozen drinks.

Where are you going to retire?
Somewhere near or on the beach with stunning views and amazing sunsets!

Cat or dog person?
Without a doubt, a dog person.

Favorite sports team?
Seriously, just one? The dynasties of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics. Next question, and make it a hard one!

One quality you adore most in others?
Integrity—doing the right thing when no one is watching!

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Brian Grant & Koda
Years on the force: 13 years in law enforcement
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Why did you pursue a career in law enforcement?
I pursued a career in law enforcement to have a positive impact, assisting victims and investigating criminal acts.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Outdoor activities such as hiking and paddle boarding.

Any charities near and dear to your heart?
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.

Favorite sports team?
Kentucky Wildcats.

Cat or dog person?
Dog person.

Favorite sports team?
Kentucky Wildcats.

One quality you adore most in others?
Willingness to help those in need.

What would you do, given the opportunity and funds to improve our justice system
Create a multi-jurisdictional task force for the purposes of solving regional issues and for the sharing of information.

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Doug Seifert
Years on the force: 12
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Why did you pursue a career in law enforcement?
I owned a banquet and catering facility for 12 years after college, and while I enjoyed helping others celebrate their most important milestones, I still felt unfulfilled. I had participated in a junior police program in high school, and something about it stuck with me. I really wanted to serve my community in a way the private sector wouldn’t allow.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife and I have two sons (Logan and Blake) who are cross country runners, and we enjoy traveling to their meets. We are also fortunate to have a large extended family in the area.

Any charities near and dear to your heart?
Hospice Care of the Lowcountry. I lost my father to cancer a few years ago, and so I saw firsthand what these volunteers do to care for both the patient and the patient’s family. They were an immense support during a very difficult time.

Tell us something you wish the general public knew-something that would make your job easier.
An overwhelming majority of men and women who go into law enforcement do so because they feel compelled to help others.

Favorite vacation spot?
I don’t tend to vacation in the same place twice. My family and I like to experience new vacation spots, and I can’t really pick a favorite.

Where are you going to retire?
I imagine I’ll retire right here in Beaufort County. I don’t see any reason to leave paradise.

Cat or dog person?
Definitely a dog person. So much that I participate in the bloodhound tracking team for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. And I’m greeted every night by a giant schnauzer named Luger.

Favorite sports team?
The Cincinnati Bengals. Yeah, Yeah, I know.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Open my eyes.

One quality you adore most in others?
Sense of humor. I have to have one to deal with some aspects of my job, and it’s nice to come home to people who can make me laugh after a rough day.

William “Bill” Ferrelli
Years on the force: 11
Hometown: Granby, Connecticut

Why did you pursue a career in law enforcement?
It was a natural fit for me. After serving four years active duty Marine Corps, it was an opportunity to continue to serve.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
All my spare time is dedicated to my family. My beautiful wife Amy and I had twin girls Audriana and Annalesa back in December.

Any charities near and dear to your heart?
There are so many good ones that do great things. However, if pressed, I would say that Toys for Tots is always one that I enjoy, simply because it puts smiles on kids’ faces during Christmas.

Tell us something you wish the general public knew that would make your job easier.
Secure your vehicle, especially if it has anything of value in it.

Favorite vacation spot?
Not sure I really have a favorite, but I would say anything that allows you to relax and not have to think about work.

Where are you going to retire?
The mountains.

Cat or dog person?
Definitely a dog person.

Favorite sports team?
Notre Dame, GO IRISH!

What is the first thing you do in the morning?
If the house is quiet, I usually get a workout in.

How has being a police officer changed your view of the world, or has it?
It hasn’t. It only confirms that without police in the world, we would have total anarchy.

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