Policeman. Soldier. Peacekeeper.
For him, police and military work isn't just an occupation; it's his life.
While many police officers serve in the National Guard, some take that dual calling to more of an extreme. Frederick L. Blohm Jr., 42, is one. He has devoted his life to both police work and the military. "I fight for people who can't fight for themselves," he says. The oldest of five children in a blue-collar family from the mean streets of Chicago's South Side, Blohm put himself through college by enlisting in the Army Reserve. He went to Fort McClellan in Alabama for boot camp and MP school. At age 21, he was hired by the Illinois Secretary of State Police, where he worked for more than 12 years. When his eight-year Army Reserve contract was up in 1995, his career in civilian law enforcement was taking off, so he ended the military commitment. Then came 9/11. "I decided to re-enlist in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a master-at-arms, which is a Navy MP," he says. He was second class petty officer at Naval Station Great Lakes until 2008. Meanwhile, he was accepted by the Indiana State Police and went to their academy for an intense, 26-week program. "Being a trooper is the pinnacle of my career," he says. But Blohm also wanted to be an Army officer. So after enlisting in the Indiana National Guard, he was given leave to go to Officer Candidate School at Fort McClellan. At age 41, they made him a second lieutenant. He works about 60 hours a week. And in his off hours, he actively responds to calls from both services, while fulfilling the demands of family life with a wife, two sons and five stepchildren.