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'There's no such thing as a typical day': New officer shares his story

Officer Chris Kober stands in front of his patrol car by the River Falls Police Station. <i>Gretta Stark photo</i>

Chris Kober has finally achieved the goal he's had since age three.

"I remember playing when I was like three, four years old as a cop," said Kober. "I have pictures of me even dressed up like a cop that young."

Kober was hired by the River Falls Police Department Jan. 4, 2011, and just finished his training.

Kober has served in the United States Air Force Security Forces, and was a security officer at River Falls Area Hospital before he joined the RFPD.

When he was young, Kober told people who asked that he wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. Now that he is one, Kober said the next step is to get to know the job, and work hard to succeed at it.

"It's a goal met," said Kober, "because there's always goanna be other goals."

One of those other goals is to eventually become a Police Chief. But for now, Kober said his goal is just to help people.

"Helping out the community is one of the biggest reasons why I got into it," said Kober. "To provide a better environment for my kids and everybody else's kids."

Kober has two sons Owen and Brock, both age two, with his wife Desiree. The family lives in Plum City Wisconsin now, but Kober said he'd like to move to rural River Falls someday.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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