He wanted a job that he could be a proud of, to make a difference in someone’s life.
“I thought I had a lot more to offer myself and society than nice drywall,” he says.
So, he did the thing that he knew was crazy. He enrolled in the police academy.
It was a grueling year hanging drywall all day before going to class and trying to keep up with his 20-something-year-old classmates.
He didn’t just keep up with them, though, he led the way. And at the age of 45, Todd graduated first in his class, with job offers from three different departments soon after graduation.
He accepted a position with the Hellam Township Police Department and never looked back.
Other than having to get up at 5 a.m. for work, he says it’s lived up to his hopes.
“It’s fulfilling,” he says. “I feel like I’m making a difference in at least some people’s lives.”