Jake Allen is continuing a family tradition by working as a deputy for the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office.
His grandfather, Sam Allen, was a reserve deputy, and Jake’s great-great grandfather, also named Sam Allen, served two terms as sheriff, from 1925 to 1928 and again from 1933 to 1936.
“It’s just interesting to think that I’ve got a family (member) that a hundred years ago was doing the exact same thing I’m doing now when he was sheriff,” he said. “I would have loved to meet him to see what he was like, but that was before my time.”
Allen said it was one factor in his decision to go into law enforcement.
“Grandpa used to tell me stories of law enforcement,” he said. “I’m not going to say that was the only reason, but I always thought it would be cool, hearing him tell stories of ‘back in the day.’ “
Allen said hearing those stories made him realize how much law enforcement has changed over the years.
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