Father, Like Son
Parents always hope that their children will grow up to be outstanding citizens, successful in their lives, using what they were taught as a child to guide their own lives. For an Emmetsburg man and his family, the lessons of youth have led him to follow his father into a profession.
April 13 was a proud day for Justin Schultes and his family, as his years of hard work and dedication were rewarded with his graduation from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. What made the event even more special was when his father, Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Lynn Schultes, was able to pin a badge on the chest of his son during the graduation ceremonies. Justin is the son of Lynn and Beth Schultes of Emmetsburg.
Justin’s choice of a career path began years ago, as the young man would watch his father come and go from his job as a deputy sheriff, wearing the uniform of an officer, sworn to protect life and property and uphold the law. Justin decided that career was meant for him, and he began spending time with his father, riding along on patrol, observing the work of a peace officer and learning at the same time.
After graduating from Emmetsburg High School in 2009, Justin continued his journey in law enforcement in Waterloo, where he continued his studies in Law Enforcement at Hawkeye Technical and Community College. In late 2009, as he began his studies, Justin applied for and was accepted for membership with the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Reserves, which allowed him practical experience to go along with his classroom studies at Hawkeye.
If that weren’t enough, Justin was also hired by the Palo Alto County Hospital Ambulance Service, and would spend his weekends off from college taking ambulance calls in Emmetsburg, as well as working with the Sheriff’s Reserves. That schedule would continue through his graduation from Hawkeye in December of 2011.
While many college graduates begin their job search after graduation, Justin had the good fortune to have been offered full-time employment prior to his graduation. On December 16, the day after receiving his degree in Law Enforcement, Justin donned the uniform of a patrol officer for the Spencer Police Department.
Justin would begin his career in Spencer by learning the department’s procedures and policies, as well as the community he serves. Shortly after the beginning of this year, Justin began attending the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston for the 14 weeks of specialized training required by Iowa law to certify a peace officer in the state. That training was successfully completed with graduation on Friday. April 13, as Justin’s father, Lynn, proudly pinned Justin’s patrolman’s badge on his uniform.
Justin is now a full time patrolman with the Spencer Police Department and currently resides near Ruthven.