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S NEWEST TROOPER ON THE JOB

August 4, 1999

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Douglas County's new Kansas Highway Patrol trooper said the job is about more than writing speeding tickets.

Dennis A. Shoemaker's chosen profession doesn't have much in common with the English degree he earned at Fort Hays State University, but he's doing what he loves the most: helping others.

Shoemaker, who has been with the Kansas Highway Patrol for 17 months, transferred in June to Douglas County from Goodland.

"I seriously feel one of our main priorities is not writing tickets," he said. "Yes, that's part of our job, but our main goal is helping people out there."

That includes helping people with flat tires or disabled vehicles, as well as responding to accidents on highways or county roads. While the Douglas County Sheriff's Department handles most crimes and accidents on county roads, Shoemaker's glad to lend a hand.

The road goes both ways, he said, and he's found sheriff's deputies are helpful.

"It makes my job a lot easier, and it's great for the community when the two agencies are working together," he said.

Shoemaker spent a year with the Great Bend Police Department after graduating from college. He then returned to Hays, where he was a police officer for 7mmon with the English degree he earned at Fort Hays State University, but he's doing what he loves the most: helping others.

Shoemaker, who has been with the Kansas Highway Patrol for 17 months, transferred in June to Douglas County from Goodland.

"I seriously feel one of our main priorities is not writing tickets," he said. "Yes, that's part of our job, but our main goal is helping people out there."

That includes helping people with flat tires or disabled vehicles, as well as responding to accidents on highways or county roads. While the Douglas County Sheriff's Department hand

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