Sons follow dad into Washington State Patrol careers

first_imgWhen Mike Kesler retired after 25 years as a Washington State Patrol trooper, he didn’t think his sons had any interest in police work.But a few years later, his middle son, Brandon, told him he was going to take the written and physical test to become a trooper. A few years after that, his youngest son, Shane, followed suit and also applied.“I was shocked, but I was proud,” Mike Kesler, 58, said. “That was the first I heard of it. … If I knew that they were interested in it, I could still be working there right now.”His sons grew up seeing their dad enjoy his career as a trooper. Mike Kesler said he was good at getting drunk drivers off of the road; he had fun helping build the license investigation unit and enjoyed helping guide new troopers as a field training officer. The last few years of his career, he was the agency’s public information officer, so Brandon and Shane Kesler grew up hearing his voice on television as he told viewers what the traffic conditions were like.But their dad never “brought it home,” the brothers said. Their dad coached them in sports and rarely talked about the stresses of enforcing laws. Before Mike Kesler handed in his badge in 2008, Brandon Kesler went on a ride-along with his father.last_img

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