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State Troopers. Seeing these men protect and serve their community inspired Hashagen to become a cop, he said.

He added that they taught him about treating people fairly. Being a police officer isn’t about handing out tickets, he said, but about helping people and exercising good judgement.

Asked what his biggest challenge might be in working for Rice Township, he laughed that it’ll be getting used to traveling the long roads. “It’s a bigger area here than I’m used to,” he said.