A lot of people say that they have problems with law enforcement officers, but I’m not sure why they do. They are there to help you when you are in need of them and their job is to PROTECT AND SERVE. Anyone who goes into law enforcement, trust me when I say they don’t do it for the MONEY. Their isn’t enough money to be paid for someone to be killed for doing something that they wanted to do. For myself the reason I am working on a degree in Criminal Justice is because if I can help one person then it’s all worth it to me. In doing so, I’m doing my part to make it a better place for myself, my children, my family and friends. Brandy Lyn Winfield made that CHOICE, he wanted to help and to do his part to make Marion a better place to live. The payment for that was his LIFE. He stopped to help someone who he thought needed it and he was killed for it. He left behind a wife and children, friends and family. None of us can answer the question WHY!!!! WHY did it happen? OFFICERS, DEPUTIES, TROOPERS, and anyone else who have chosen the path of law enforcement do it to give back. So the reason for this blog is to give a reminder of the Deputy that lost his life because he wanted to help, and to give you something to think about as you go on with your day-to-day living. You are able to live with less fear of something happening to you because there are those who have made the choice to protect you while you are walking the streets, and playing in the parks with your children. This is something Brandy’s children cannot do with him. How does one tell young children that they lost a parent do to the fact they wanted to HELP someone who needed it?
Biography: Brandy Lyn Winfield
Deputy, Marion County Sheriff’s Department
Brandy Winfield always aspired to be a police officer, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. While attending Tri-Rivers Joint Vocational School in Marion, Ohio, he studied law enforcement in their specialized program. While in high school, he joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Department explorers program in 1992. Brandy enjoyed meeting the younger school children throughout Marion County to promote careers in Law Enforcement.
In 1994, at the age of 18 while still attending high school, Brandy was hired as a dispatcher at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. After graduating high school and gaining his Ohio Peace Officers Certificate, Brandy began working in the jail at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department in 1997.
In September of 1997, he joined the Plain City, Ohio Police Department as a patrol officer. In 1998, Brandy decided to accept a position in the jail back at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and during the latter part of 1998 Brandy was promoted to the road patrol. While living in Richwood, Ohio, Brandy sought other avenues to help people. In April of 2000, he became a firefighter with the Northern Union Volunteer Fire Department.
During 2002, Brandy helped local contractors build a new Winfield home in Marion, Ohio. In the spring of 2004, Brandy became a certified Scuba Diver and joined the Dive Team with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. Brandy never being satisfied and always setting new goals for himself next set his sights on becoming a K-9 officer with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. He wrote a letter of interest to become a K-9 officer on the night that he lost his life.
Significant Dates in Brandy’s Life:
- Born July 19, 1975 to Rick and Shirley Winfield, of Marion, Ohio.
- Graduated from Marion Harding High School, 1994.
- Awarded his Ohio Peace Officers Certificate from Marion Technical College, 1997.
- Married Sara Haughn in Maui, Hawaii on June 7, 1998.
- A son, Landon Riley Winfield, was born to Brandy & Sara on March 9, 2001.
- During the summer of 2002, Brandy helped to build the new Winfield home in Marion, Ohio and proudly moved his family into the home in October 2002.
- Another son, Tyler Levi Winfield, was born to brandy & Sara on January 31, 2003
- Spring 2004, awarded his certification as a scuba diver and joined the Marion County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team.
He is missed very much!