Second Breck cop called up to military |

Second Breck cop called up to military

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Police Department is down another officer as a possible war in Iraq is precipitating the call-up of reservists and National Guard members.

Officer Rich Watson, a U.S. Air Force Reserve member, is on hold to ship out as of this week. Watson recently completed his field training with the police department and his hiring was delayed a year because he was called up following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Watson, a Hartsel resident, is married with grown children.

Officer Bren Derriger was activated by the U.S. Marine Reserves in January. The department expects he won’t return for a year. His wife is currently pregnant.

Police Chief Rick Holman said the call-ups won’t help the department’s scheduling. Holman already needs to hire officers to fill positions.

“We’ve got our own war we have to fight here,” Holman said. “They tell us the “War on Terrorism’ begins at the local level. So much for that.”

The officers will have jobs waiting for them when they return. Holman said he’s trying to get pictures of the officers in their military uniforms to post in the police department’s lobby to let the public know they are serving their country abroad.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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