Dereck Fangman, a native of Lamont, Iowa, joined the Toledo Police Department as a full-time officer on June 10. His appointment by the city council brings the department back to full strength of four officers and chief of police.
Fangman, is currently pursuing his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice through Kaplan University. With this education, he will be able to attend the nine-week version of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. He expects to enroll in September.
A four-year veteran of the U.S. Marines Corps, Fangman, 23, was a Rifleman and spent two tours of duty in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He was also stationed in Hawaii.
A graduate of Maquoketa Valley High School at Delhi, he said he found himself in Marine boot camp two weeks after high school graduation.
"I spent time serving our nation in the Marines Corps and see this as an excellent way to serve our citizens as a police officer," Fangman said.
Fangman was a Lance Corporal E3 and attained corporal rank in the Marines after his discharge.
He says he enjoys video games which he didn't have much time to do while in the service and also lists fishing, mushroom hunting, camping and skydiving among favorite activities. He also has experienced cliff diving.
He has more military ties with his sister living in Alaska with her husband who is an Army Lieutenant and a brother who is in Army boot camp.