Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Monday, October 26, 2015

Nick Whiteman, Marathon (1)

"I graduated from Coral Shores and have lived in the Keys since the 2nd grade, 1991. After graduation I joined the Army. I joined when I was 17, was in basic training and in the gas chamber the day I turned 18 (happy birthday to me!), and was in Iraq on my 19th birthday. I served for 4 years, did one tour in Iraq 2004-2005. 

I'm glad I did it but I’ll stick with police work from here on out..

After I left the Army I stayed in Fayetteville, NC for a while, I was a store manager for CVS at 21 years old. I did that for a couple of years, then I moved to Italy for a year in a half. It was awesome! I am a big history guy, so I loved it. The best part was driving from Vicenza, Italy up through Austria and then the through the Alps to Germany. I have never seen anything like that landscape anywhere else!

Before I left Italy, I applied online with the sheriff’s office here in Monroe County. I kind of always knew what I wanted to do growing up. I wanted to join the Army, which I did, and I wanted to be a police officer. What better place to do it than where you grew up? I interviewed and was sponsored by the Sherriff’s office; they paid for the academy and paid me for working, it was a great program, and the rest is history.

I have a daughter with my first wife who I see all the time, and am now married to a wonderful woman and we have one son with a second on the way! This is the last one! I am going to the doctor after this; I am taking care of business!

It is just so hard down here, the cost of living. It has been an issue in the Keys forever. It is expensive to live down here. It is like a catch 22; we get a raise and then the house insurance goes up or something else goes up. We have a dual income and we still struggle. She works for the Sherriff’s office also, working with at risk kids.

It is really hard, but it is the lifestyle; you pay for the lifestyle. We chose to live where people go on vacation. You have to take the good with the bad.

I have chosen to serve my whole life. I served my country, and now I serve my community, but I can’t buy a house. That’s sad, there is something wrong there. I have chosen to serve and have asked nothing in return, it shouldn’t be so hard. We need to start taking care of the people who take care of us, not just the police officers, but the teachers, the nurses, and those who work for the community.

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