Local deputy protects county, country

Edison grad completed three tours of duty
Andy Ouriel
Feb 22, 2014

 

Trevor Harlow is used to navigating through danger zones, wielding a weapon and protecting civilians from terror threats.

But where he performs these duties often varies.

Harlow, an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy, spent most of 2013 in Afghanistan, wrapping up his third tour of duty.

As a member of the Ohio Army National Guard, Harlow also fought twice in Iraq, once from 2005 to 2006 and again in 2009 through 2010. Harlow often served overseas with people from northern Ohio, including those from Norwalk, Plymouth and Willard.

“I signed up post-9/11, as that was a good reason for any young man to join the military,” said Harlow, who enlisted about a year before graduating from Edison High School in 2004. “I have always been adventurous, and I wanted a challenge”

In Afghanistan, Harlow worked as a sergeant first class, overseeing mission planning and bomb detection, among other duties.    “I saw a lot of really good people that are trained, skilled and willing to sacrifice,” Harlow said. “They’re willing to be away from their families, missing out on a promotion at work, as they put their civilian lives on hold”

For Harlow, that civilian life includes his wife, Shasta, and his daughter, Trinity, now 2 years old.

“I tried to call every night for 10 to 15 minutes a night,” Harlow said. “We didn’t have Skype or Internet access, since we were almost 6,000 feet above elevation”

Upon returning to his Milan Township home, Harlow still carries out missions — but now it’s Trinity issuing his orders.

“She likes to sing, dance and play guitar and expects Dad to do it with her,” Harlow said. “She said it’s ‘Daddy’s turn’ to tuck her into bed every night. I love being close to my family”

Harlow, who patrols areas throughout Erie County, said he’s happy sticking with his deputy duties for now. He’d like to develop a program where trained personnel would handle and neutralize explosive hazards in Erie County.

Harlow’s military service and ambition for law enforcement activities represent admirable traits, Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said. His experiences could lead to improvements in the county’s response to explosive hazards.

For instance, Harlow could coordinate with members of the Lorain County bomb squad when an explosives call comes from Erie County, which doesn’t have a bomb squad.

“He could be someone who could respond quicker and get the bomb squad up to speed of what the issue is and what they need to be prepared for,” Sigsworth said of Harlow. “He’s very well-respected and also is respectful. He is a great employee”

Comments

justsayno

What a awesome person. Thank you for putting your like on hold to protect us.

sandusky2012

maybe he can come to sandusky county and clean it up also . from these deputy clowns

topcop1991

You must not have any self respect wanting to group an entire department of Officers together for the actions of a few. Get a life! As for the Deputy that has repeatedly served his country, we are thankful for his duty to the country and safe return.
I only wish that people who have little or no respect for their own actions would not belittle those who give so much. Unless you have walked in their shoes, SHUT UP!

Mommabear713

I agree!

justice_forall2014

You are correct that a whole department shouldn't be held accountable for the actions of a few. However, if you don't stand up against a dirty cop then you stand next to him/her. And when you stand next to them you are most likely going to get a little mud on you too. It takes good up standing officers to band together to eradicate the corruption. Stand up Topcop1991 stand up!

Mommabear713

Thank you Deputy, for all you have done and what you continue to do, as well as what you stand for.

justice_forall2014

Thank you for being one of the GOOD guys!

sandusky2012

yes top cop the sheriff himself has things in his closet and when officers don't stand up to fight for what they took an oath to protect and serve this means fro corrupt cops also. if you were a truck driver and found out ur boss was transporting drugs in his trailer you were pulling would you still driver for him .... same as if you are a rookie and found out your upper management was doing illegal things what would you do look the other way?

Kottage Kat

If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.