Hometown Hero started service in military

Published 08/30 2013 05:48PM

Updated 06/16 2015 03:21PM

COLES COUNTY -- He puts his life on the line for his community every day. He says the military is what jump started decades of service. WCIA-3's Amanda Porterfield finds out how this Hometown Hero is keeping the streets safe.

"I have no idea who that person is. I haven't seen him in a long time."

It's hard to stand out when everybody's in the same uniform, but John Clough says, as a young marine who was quiet and shy, you probably wouldn't have noticed him anyway.

"It was something I wanted to do from the time I was probably six. I remember hearing stories and it seemed like, from then on, that's what I wanted to do."

Clough says following that dream brought him here to the Coles County Sheriff's Department and turned him into the veteran detective he is today.

"It definitely changes you. Builds your self-esteem. Makes you realize there's a lot you can do if you want to."

Working multiple cases at a time, Clough is serving the community where he was raised. He says the best part of the job is that no two days are the same.

"A lot of it is what you make it, especially being an officer on the street."

After 22-years on the street, that shy marine has come a long way and hopes to keep moving up. But, Clough says, at the end of the day, this office comes second.

"First priority in my life, my son is number one. As parents, we owe it to do everything we can do to make sure they are the best they can be."

Just this week, Detective Clough announced he's running for Coles County Sheriff. He's one of four competing for the spot.

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