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Police academy, then university, for RFHS grad

Officer DaMarcus Zeroth

Like most college students, DaMarcus Zeroth didn't get a lot of sleep.

Zeroth's reasoning was a little different than the average college classmate. While he joined his fellow UW-Stout students in classes during the day, he spent his nights working with the Menomonie Police Department.

"Sleep was pretty hard," Zeroth said.

Zeroth would work overnights starting at 6 p.m., then be at class at 11 a.m. in the morning, and do it all over again. He worked full time for more than a year while attending school part time.

The routine started when in his junior year, Zeroth decided he wanted to complete the police academy then, rather than waiting to finish university.

"I figured that was the end goal, so if I could get that done before I even finished," he said.

Zeroth said becoming a police officer has always been one of his goals. As the elder brother of five, he thought the position would be a way to be a good role model for his younger siblings. He also enjoyed hearing the stories his dad told him of his cousin who is a police officer.

"I kind of always wanted to do it," Zeroth said.

After he completed the police academy, his credits transferred back to Stout. He was offered a position with the Menomonie Police Department. He took a semester off to focus on the job, before heading back to finish school.

Working while attending university had its benefits. Zeroth was able to take what he was learning in class and see it in action on the job.

"I get to see it on a daily basis at work," he said. "It's much easier to relate."

It provided for a few awkward moments as well, like when he would see people he dealt with the night before on campus.

"I'd have class with them, and then they'd stare," he said.

Now that he's graduated, he's happy to be focusing on work. He hopes to continue with the job, and move up perhaps to an investigator or youth service officer position.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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