Police department at bat for Middletown native

FILE - In this March 26, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber leaves the batter's box during the team's spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Mesa, Ariz. Schwarber could return for the Cubs if they make it to the World Series. The Cubs had ruled Schwarber out for the year after he tore two ligaments in his left knee during an outfield collision in April. But a couple of positive medical reports led the team to activate the catcher/outfielder from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday so it could check him out in the Arizona Fall League. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - In this March 26, 2016, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber leaves the batter's box during the team's spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Mesa, Ariz. Schwarber could return for the Cubs if they make it to the World Series. The Cubs had ruled Schwarber out for the year after he tore two ligaments in his left knee during an outfield collision in April. But a couple of positive medical reports led the team to activate the catcher/outfielder from the 60-day disabled list on Saturday so it could check him out in the Arizona Fall League. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN)

The Middletown Police Department is keeping its eyes on one particular Cubs player. Kyle Schwarber is a Middletown native and has family ties to the department.

For many at the Middletown Police Department Kyle feels like a part of the family and for a few he actually is family. His father was chief of police, his mother was a dispatcher and his sister currently serves as an officer.

Staff are allowed to wear Cubs gear during the series and it didn’t take long before we found the “W” flying. Cubs logos and pictures of Kyle are proudly displayed on office doors.

Current police chief Rodney Muterspaw has known Kyle since he was a baby and says he always had a wiffle ball and bat with him. He says Kyle is a humble guy and he’s excited everyone else gets to see him in the national spotlight.

“It’s still goofy Kyle to us. A fun kid well not a kid anymore but it’s a sense of pride for everyone. Because he started with nothing, got hurt earlier this season and now look at him. He’s what everyone is talking about around the country,” Rodney Muterspaw Chief of Police, Middletown.

Muterspaw also says he’s aware Middletown is in Reds country and says many of them in the department are Reds fans. However when Kyle got drafted by the Cubs he says it became Kyle Schwarber country.

Greg Schwarber, Kyle Schwarber's father on the right.
Meteorologist Tara Hastings with Greg Schwarber (on the right) Kyle Schwarber’s father.

While we were there Kyle’s father Greg stopped by the police station. He just got home from Cleveland and is on his way to Chicago to catch the three games of the series. He said game 2 was cold but was glad the rain held off until the end of the game.  He’s very proud of his sons accomplishments.

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