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HCPD adds two new officers

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SWORN: New officerReece Lefever pledges his commitment to the Law as his wife hold's the Bible.
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Top, SHAKE: New officerJordan Corral shakes Mayor Brooks Fetters hand during the ceremony Wednesday. SWORN, Above: New officerReece Lefever pledges his commitment to the Law as his wife hold’s the Bible.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

Two new patrol officers were sworn into Huntington City Police Department, Wednesday, in front of their friends and family members, fulfilling their childhood dreams of joining law enforcement.

Reece Lefever and Jordan Corral stood out among 36 applicants to the police department, Police Chief Chad Hacker said. They survived a process of written and physical tests, extensive background checks followed by interviews with detectives and Hacker.

“Not everybody makes it to the third floor of the city building in Huntington, Indiana,” Mayor Brooks Fetters said Wednesday. “It is a stiff, stiff process.”

Reece Lefever said he wanted to become an officer since he was a kid. Recently married in December, he and his wife grew up in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Carroll High School before attending Wabash College to study history and economics. Lefever also wrestled in college, and is both an academic All American and wrestler.

“He’s always had an interest in law enforcement, he’s just never found the right timing to go after it,” his wife Mariah Lefever said. “But I guess the right timing found us.”

His brother, Connor, had just finished the academy and is now serving as a deputy in Tippecanoe County.

Lefever said he’s eager to get to work changing the community.

Like Lefever, Corral law enforcement runs in the family.

Corral’s father, Leonard Corral, is the chief of police in Decatur, where he said he could rarely go anywhere without seeing someone he knew. A Bellmont High School graduate, Corral was involved in the Drug-Free Adams County program with law enforcement at Oxford Police Department, was on the cheer team for a year, and was the recipient of the Presidential Service Leadership Award. He said he enjoyed being part of the circles of the community, but wasn’t sure how he could channel that into his work.

He finally pinpointed his love for being in a community while attending Miami University in Ohio, where he said the close knit relationships he had inspired him to serve communities in the future. In college, he was an orientation leader and coordinator.

“I knew I wanted to be involved and I wanted to help,” he said.

As a patrol officer in Huntington, Corral said he hopes to feel like he’s part of the larger community he’s serving, as well as part of the law enforcement family.