Local Sgt. returns to work after paying respects in Dallas

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – A local Sergeant is back to work after paying respects in Dallas, he says the shootings will have a major impact on his work and home life.

Two Miami County Sheriff’s Deputies learned about the shootings in Baton Rouge on their way back from Dallas. They were there for the funeral for Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa.

Sgt. Todd Tennant with the Miami County Sheriffs Office says before reporting to work, he’ll hug his family a little tighter.

“The Baton Rouge shooting happened and all I could think of is, ‘I’ve got to be home. I need to get home to my family’,” said Tennant.

Tennant has worked for the sheriff’s office for 10 years and says he felt compelled to travel to Dallas for the funeral.

“We’re doing the same job essentially. We’re doing it for the same reason and it comes back to the same thing — we all leave the house knowing it could be our last,” he said.

The shootings have prompted a deep conversation between he and his wife about his own funeral arrangements should an attack on police happen locally.

“When I came home I asked my wife, ‘Do you want to discuss this?’ because I don’t want that burden on her,” said Tennant.

Tennant and the rest of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office are now working on new safety measures. Tennant says they’ll communicate more with other jurisdictions and request backup before responding to certain scenes. However, it’s an issue he believes doesn’t begin and end with law enforcement.

“We’re all in this together. Everybody. whether you’re a citizen, police, military, it doesn’t matter. We need to work this out as a whole,” said Tennant.

He’s looking into attending funerals in Baton Rouge.


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