Sometimes people don’t know what they want for the future until they give it a try. This scenario is true of Lt. Daniel Tuttle of the Bell County Sheriff’s Office, who has served the public in many different ways throughout his lifetime.
Tuttle began his law enforcement career as a special deputy for BCSO while also working for his family’s construction business.
“I learned working here that I really just liked helping people. With this job, you’re always with someone that needs help, or is having a bad day, or is having a rough time and I like to be there for people when they need it most,” said Tuttle.
After his time as a special deputy, Tuttle was hired as an officer for the Middlesboro Police Department. He left after 11 years and went to work for Pineville Police Department in 2008. He has worked for the BCSO since January 2015 and is now performing detective duties.
“The departments are all so different, but I like the action in the sheriff’s office and getting to work all over the county. It has exciting times, but it’s all so different,” said Tuttle.
Every job has highs and lows and being an officer of the law is no different, according to Tuttle.
“You meet people, the majority of the time, at their worst — being a victim of a crime or committing a crime — but on the flipside, when you solve a case and there’s restitution or justice being served — it’s a good feeling. You’re not thanked a lot for the duties you do, but when you are, you know people really appreciate what you’ve done for them, ” said Tuttle.
Tuttle values service and serving others, which is one of his favorite parts about his job, but he served in a different capacity during his 19 years in law enforcement.
As a first sergeant in the Middlesboro Unit of the Kentucky National Guard, Tuttle was mobilized twice in Afghanistan and also went into active duty twice stateside. He took a medical retirement in 2013.
“I really like to help people and that’s even why I joined the military — to serve the country and this community. I stayed with the National Guard to help the people in this area and give back to where I’m from,” said Tuttle.
Tuttle is a Bell County native and graduated from Bell County High School in 1989. He has three children — Isaac, Sarah and Courtney.
In his free time, Tuttle enjoys being with family, traveling, photography and reading about history.
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