TROY — During his service in the U.S. Navy, Brandon Fellers was assigned to serve as the Presidential Honor Guard for U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as well as the U.S. Department of Defense Secretary Dick Chaney in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Fellers would return to stand guard to protect and serve his hometown’s children as Troy High School’s School Resource Officer (SRO) for more than a decade.
Fellers will retire from the Troy Police Department at the end of the month after 27 years of service. Officer Chris Tilley will serve as the Troy High School SRO at the beginning of the year.
“Dealing with the good. I’ll miss happy students and just being part of the educational process and seeing it evolve,” Fellers said. “I enjoyed seeing the kids when they were little. I had a lot of the kids when I started with the DARE program in 1997 and getting involved in programs like Safe-T-Town. So I realized I was old when those kids started graduating.”
Fellers began his career at the Troy Police Department in 1990. He first served as a DARE officer and then School Resource Officer (SRO) in 2000. Prior to joining the Troy Police Department, Fellers enlisted in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Troy High School in 1987. He served in the Presidential Honor Guard and said he enjoyed meeting world leaders and dignitaries as part of his duties.
Fellers said he enjoyed the opportunity to work as the high school’s SRO and how it differed from patrol and other law enforcement work.
“The rewarding part here is that you are working with people here that they are doing something positive in a positive environment,” Fellers said. “I think we are very fortunate in Troy to have us (SRO) full-time in the schools so that’s a plus that many agencies don’t have or they cut it. I enjoyed visiting classes, like government and teaching them about their rights, like the Fourth Amendment search and seizure and how it applies for school and us as law enforcement. Like how it differs since schools deal with reasonable suspicion where we in law enforcement would need probable cause.”
Fellers will hang up his badge at the end of the year, but will continue to serve his community in a different way. Fellers is a licensed real estate agent with the Coldwell Banker realty firm in Troy. He also currently serves as president of the Miami East Local School Board of Education.
Fellers resides in Staunton Township with his wife Tricia. They have two children, Macy and Michael.
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