Salute the Badge: The Jager Brothers following in the footsteps of their father and grandfather

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Four brothers, three agencies, more than 75 years of service combined, following in the footsteps of their father, Rodney and grandfather, Richard, they agree there’s no other job they’d rather do.

Four of the Jager brothers decided to follow their father and grandfather into law enforcement careers.

Brad– “We saw the character that it built in our dad and our grandfather and it’s something that really, we just all kind of drifted towards it, and, you know, we saw how noble of a profession it was.”

Shane, the oldest, served with the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office as an Undersheriff.

Shane– “Watching dad come home every day in the uniform, making a difference in the community that was something that definitely drove me towards law enforcement.”

Chad started his career in Pottawatomie County, but now is a Patrol Sergeant with the K-State Police Department.

Chad- “Once I saw Shane go into it and I had the opportunity to go through the reserve program, it gave me some insight of once again, what it would look like for me and I enjoyed the experience and that family heritage, so that’s why I followed in those footsteps.”

The youngest of the Jager brothers are twins, Brad and Brek. They both work for Riley County Police Department, Brad as a Lieutenant, and Brek as an Officer.

Earlier this year Brek was named RCPD’s Officer of the Year.

Brek– “It’s overwhelming, I believe, or I know, that there’s a lot of great officers in this area and not just Riley County, but everywhere, and I think you know, the community really, makes it easy, I think we have a great community here in Manhattan.”

Brad recently graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Brad– “I hope that it’s bettered me, so that I can bring it back to the agency and hopefully contribute to the department and the community.”

With a family legacy of service, the brothers say they’d be proud to have their children follow in their footsteps - just like they did their dad’s.

Brek “It makes you understand that you’re part of something bigger than yourself.”

The fifth Jager brother, Eric, chose a different career path in HVAC repair, but they all live close and maintain their brotherly bond.