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For the love of the job: Deputy Sergeant dedicates life to public safety

Posted at 8:07 PM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 20:08:44-04

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich.,-- Ronald Douglas says it's all about wanting to help people.

"I think you have to truly care about people," he told FOX 17 News. "And if you don't, it's probably not the job for you."

Douglas found his calling in the field of public safety. Over the years, he's held jobs at the Paw Paw Fire Department, as a paramedic for Van Buren County EMS, and now as Deputy Sergeant at the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.

"I think a lot of people don't understand that it takes a certain person, it takes a certain drive to put your life on hold, and do all these things for other people," said his wife, Jolinda. "He's very selfless, and he always puts others first."

During his time as a public servant, Douglas has risked his life, and rescued a family from a house fire. He's even searched for survivors at Ground Zero. He's also
proud to recall a time he helped an elderly woman fix her furnace after she dialed 911.

"You can go the extra mile and make a difference in people's lives," he said. "It's a lifestyle, it's not a job to me. It's something that I'm passionate about. And that's what I'm here for, to help people."

Douglas' service has earned him a number of awards and special recognition over the years. He continues to balance the duties of his badge, while also serving as a husband and father.

He also continues to serve as a volunteer fireman, training other volunteers in the department.

"He's my hero," said Jolinda. "Just the way he dedicates his life to people, and the community and my family."

As the March Pay it Forward Person of the Month, Ron Douglas will be receiving a $500 prize.

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