Inside Madison Elementary School you’ll find an Army veteran and 17 year member of the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department being just another one of the kids.

After years of on the road policing, Corporal John Haglock decided he wanted to go back to school, but this time to help kids, “We’re their person that they can come and trust and tell us what’s going on.”

Inspired after teaching DARE in Ohio County for the last 15 years, Corporal Haglock says he’s happy to show kids a different side of law enforcement and, of course, tie some shoes.

“Sometimes I’ll take a spelling test with 5th grade and we’ll see how good I can do,” said Cpl. Haglock. “Sometimes I’ll write sentences with third grade, from reading to kindergarten to counting by 5s.”

He’s the first line of defense inside and outside the building, “I’ve stood out saying good morning please slow down, you know, trying to do everything that way, and then we’ve went into writing citations now.”

After growing up in a big family in South Wheeling he’s not a stranger to hard times. Keeping a cubby full of clothes and shoes, he’s always ready to help.

“Of all my years on road patrol when you arrest a bad guy you only deal with him when you arrest him, when you go back to court,” Cpl. Haglock said. “So, you don’t have that bond, that attachment, but here you see these kids everyday, you see these parents and grandparents everyday so, you better be able to back up what you’re saying.”

Rewards for him are the hugs, smiles, and most importantly the students that go on taking to his words of advice, “You can be anything you put your mind to.”

“Someone that’s coming up and saying thank you I’m so glad you’re here, thank Sheriff Howard that you’re here,” said Cpl. Haglock. “It’s a great honor to have that ability that someone gave you that chance to do that too, you know, I think we have a lot of good people out there that don’t sometimes get a chance to fulfill their dream but that I get to give back to my community too.”