In continuing to bring our readers new and interesting information about your friends and neighbors, we are presenting our “What’s Your Story” series. This is a Q & A panel of 20 questions that we ask Randolph County Residents. The information is fun facts and good advice from them on various topics. We are interested in seeing what we can learn about our readers in 20 questions! Hope you enjoy!
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Featured this week is: Brandon Barndollar
Occupation: Sergeant and K-9 Handler for the Winchester Police Department
1. Tell us about your family – spouse, children, grandchildren, pets, etc.
I have a wonderful girlfriend Amanda Warner, A kindergarten teacher at Baker Elementary, and I have two amazing sons, Ethan Barndollar who is 12 and attends Driver Middle school, and Trenton Barndollar who is 8 and attends Monroe Central Elementary. I am a very proud father of both of them.
2. What is your occupation?
I am a Sergeant and K-9 Handler for the Winchester Police Department also a Lieutenant at White River Volunteer Fire Dept.
3. How many jobs have you had?
I have worked at several jobs. I started working when I was 14 years old at House of Flavors, then at Marsh Supermarket in High school, I began working at the Randolph County Jail directly after graduating high school. I then worked at the Farmland Police Department as a reserve officer and Winchester Police as reserve officer from 2003-2006. I have been a firefighter at White River Volunteer fire dept. since 2000. I have been a full time police officer for Winchester Police Dept. since 2006. My favorite job by far has been with the Winchester Police Dept. I can’t say I have a least favorite as with each job I was able to meet new people and learn new things.
4. Other than your family members, who in your life do you most admire?
I would have to say Jimmy Tharp, Chief at White River Fire. He genuinely wants to help the people he works with and for. He has a lot of knowledge and is straight-forward always giving his best to those around him.
5. If you could change the world, what would be your first move?
There are many things I would change, as my profession dictates, I see a variety of ways things could be better.
6. What is your best advice for someone to experience happiness?
Be honest, be forward, surround yourself with good people, and make your intentions good for everyone as a whole.
7. You just won millions in the lottery. What will you do with the winnings?
I would donate to several charities and organizations, set plenty back for my children to have the most out of their life, save for myself and family to be comfortable, and try to use some to better someone else’s life as well.
8. What are 3 things remaining on your bucket list?
I have achieved many goals I have set forth, but I would love to travel and see the world. Retire safely from the Police Department, and watch my kids prosper. I would love to drive a race car in actual race.
9. What is the best technological invention from the 1950’s forward?
The cell phone.
10. What is something that very few people know about you?
I like to cook.
11. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Chewing with your mouth open.
12. What is your favorite memory?
My children being born.
13. If you found a time machine that would take you back for one day, when would that be? Why?
I can’t choose one day, I love history and there are so many dates that would be cool to go back to and experience.
14. What is the biggest misconception about you?
I’m a police officer, there are several misconceptions and rumors.
15. What is your favorite place to dine within the boundaries of Randolph County?
You can’t go wrong with Coe’s Noodles.
16. Have you always lived in the Randolph County area? If not where else?
I have always been a resident of Randolph County since birth.
17. Your biggest contribution to society?
I don’t know really. I enjoy both of my jobs because I get to interact with the people of the community all the time, and through those jobs I get to give back to people, and the kids of our community.
18. Most important rule in life?
It’s not important to be the most popular but be honest, be fair, be blunt.
19. Biggest “Game Changer” in your life?
The arrival of my boys. Having children makes most people see life a whole new way.
20. Will you retire from your current job?
I hope to retire from my job after achieving some more goals that I have personally set. If those aren’t achieved, I can still retire one day knowing I gave my best.
Five Fun Facts:
Can you dance?
To travel and see as many historical sights in the U.S. as possible.
Beef and noodles.
1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1.
Favorite type of music?
I listen to several different types.