New deputy brings firefighter, dispatcher experience



JASPER — The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office’s newest deputy brings experience as a dispatcher, firefighter and jailer to the job.

Kyle Eckert, 26, Jasper, took the oath of office in December and will graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield this spring. After additional on-the-job training, he will assume regular duties as a night-shift patrol officer.

Eckert was brought onto the force after Deputy Josh Smith was promoted to school resource officer for the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation.

The son of Keith and the late Kelli Eckert grew up in Ireland, with farm work always part of his life. After graduating from Jasper High School, he worked at Superior Ag Co-op before becoming a dispatcher in Pike County and joining the Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department based in Otwell.

A part of his life then and now involves helping a neighboring grain farmer with chores ranging from hauling to harvest and everything in-between.

“I enjoy being outside and working on the farm,” he says, which is a good thing because he grew up with a father who served as Superior Ag’s Ireland branch plant manager.

After a few years of seeing how interesting law enforcement was, he says, he steered his career path that direction. He became a jail officer for the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office in 2019 before moving into a deputy slot this year.

“I’m excited about it,” Eckert says of his law enforcement career. Down the road, he says, he can even see himself partnering with a police K-9.

Eckert and his wife, the former Amber Gudorf, are the parents of a 20-month-old girl.

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