Marshall County Sheriff's Office's newest deputy said he can't remember a time when he didn't want to be a law enforcement officer--it's something he's always known was his calling.
Deputy Brandon Little said he grew up in McCracken and Marshall counties, attending schools and having family and friends in both places. But during his teen years, from 14-19, he got started working toward his law enforcement career as a Paducah Police Explorer, which he explained is a program designed for teens interested in careers with law enforcement; he later served as a cadet with the Paducah Police Dept., writing parking tickets in downtown Paducah.
For the last 10 years, he's served as part of Baptist Health's security team and before resigning to join the sheriff's office, had climbed to the captain rank. For the last year, he also worked part time as a court security officer at the Marshall County Judicial Building in Benton with hopes it would help get his foot in the door as a deputy with the MCSO.
"Marshall County just felt right," he said. "It's just always kind of felt like home."
Little said he comes from a large family and credited them in part with his success in realizing his childhood dream.
"I have a really supportive family. They've been encouraging and active in pushing me toward this goal in knowing it's what I've always wanted to do," he explained. "I like helping people and people being able to turn to me for help and solutions. I'm just really excited for this opportunity."
In the coming weeks while he awaits the Department of Criminal Justice Training police academy, Little will shadow other officers, serve papers and learn administrative duties.
Marshall County Sheriff Eddie McGuire said, "Brandon has been part of our court security team for the past year and is highly respected by those he works with. It made sense to support advancement in his career."
When Little isn't working, he said he enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors, hunting and hiking.