The Night Watch

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    Wade Pierce of Jasper, 36, is the Dubois County Sheriff's DepartmentÕs most senior night deputy. Working a shift from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Pierce patrols the county, issuing traffic tickets and warnings, investigating possible crimes, handling accidents and more. About four hours into his shift on the night of Jan. 10, Pierce pulled over a car in Ireland after the car completed a U-turn at a county road intersection. During the traffic stop, Pierce stayed out of the rain while waiting to hear back from a dispatcher with information about the vehicleÕs driver and passenger. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Pierce spoke to the driver and passengers of a car in Ireland after he spotted the car pivoting for a U-turn at a county road intersection after leaving a bar Jan. 10. Although the passenger was a habitual traffic violator, the driver had not been drinking, so Pierce let the duo drive onward after issuing a warning. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Pierce sipped a cup of coffee he made in the Dubois County Security Center cafeteria before heading to patrol at the beginning of his shift Jan. 10. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Pierce, right, chatted about the Chicago Cubs while watching the news with Jasper Police officers David Burger, left, Chris Fischer, and Sergeant Jeremy Lee, all of Jasper, in McDonaldÕs at 4 a.m. on Jan. 11. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Pierce, left, laughed with Ross Nordhoff of Huntingburg, a Dubois County jailer, and Deputy Lance Lorey of Jasper about how he felt after completing a Crossfit workout. A group of Dubois County night deputies and jailers, including Pierce, have tried the strength and conditioning exercise routine. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Pierce used his flashlight to check for signs of vandalism before entering the home of a family whose cars and yard had been vandalized with forks, eggs and Silly String Jan. 10. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Pierce examined papers in the squad room at the end of his shift Jan. 22. Deputies on day shift have more paperwork than those who work the night shift, but Pierce still has to file his paperwork at the end of each of his shifts. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Pierce rubbed his eyes in exhaustion as he waited for the school bus with his sons Ethan, 9, left, and Gavin, 12, not pictured, just after 7 a.m. Jan. 22. When Pierce gets off of work around 6 a.m., his sons are usually just waking up for school, so he takes them to their bus stop before returning home to sleep. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

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    Pierce played with his dog, Gracie, in his Jasper home while waiting for his sons, Gavin, 12, and Ethan, 9, to finish getting ready for school Jan. 22. Since they wake up for school around the time PierceÕs night shifts end, he usually drives them to their bus stop. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald