Police Chief Shepler looks back on 25 years in Jeannette
Originally from Ligonier, Police Chief Brad Shepler has been living in Jeannette for the past 25 years, currently in the Seneca Heights neighborhood.
Shepler graduated from Ligonier Valley High School and continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. He majored in administration of justice with a concentration in law enforcement.
Prior to working for the City of Jeannette, Shepler was employed for two years as a police officer in the small borough of South Greensburg. He left South Greensburg to work on the Jeannette Police force and over the years has held the ranks of corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. He was promoted to chief by Mayor Robert Carter in 2010.
Shepler is proud of his career as a police officer.
“The highlight of my career was working with the ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) to solve who set the fires,” Shepler said, referring to a string of arsons throughout the city last year. All six men charged in connection to the fires pled guilty during their trials — the final trial wrapped up earlier this month.
Shepler is the father of two children, both of whom attended Jeannette High School. His son, Clark, 23, works as a car salesman. His daughter, Braden, graduated with the Class of 2013 and will be attending Penn State at University Park in the fall. She plans to major in forensics.
An enthusiastic sportsman, Shepler said he mostly hunts for “deer, turkey and upland game” which includes pheasant and grouse. Recently, Shepler bought a Vizsla, which is a Hungarian bird dog, named Tuffy. Vizslas are part of the pointer group and is particularly adept at hunting fowl and upland game.
Tuffy came from a breeder in Columbus. In an area full of Jayhawks, Panthers and Lions, “he's a Buckeye,” said Shepler.
In addition to hunting, Shepler also fishes, “mostly for trout and bass. I used to tie my own flies, but not anymore. I like fishing the smaller mountain streams in the area.”
Also a gardener, Shepler said he grows “pretty much anything but onions. I can't stand onions.”
According to Shepler, “Life is work, hunting and fishing.”
To learn more about the Jeannette Police Department, hunting, fishing or gardening, get to know neighbor Brad Shepler.
Margie Stanislaw is a freelance writer.
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