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Loudermilk explores new career

Friday, July 6, 2012

Mark Loudermilk -- who worked in law enforcement for more than 30-years -- is now employed as a real estate agent at Century 21, Brazil. Loudermilk said he's still getting used to his new job, but added real estate was something he's always been interested in.
After a more than 30-year career in law enforcement, Mark Loudermilk is moving on to a new chapter in his life.

According to Loudermilk -- who officially retired June 14 -- he had been with the Brazil Police Department (BDP) for 24 years.

"I was with Brazil (Police Department) for 24 years; I started there in 1988," Loudermilk said. "Actually, I started in law enforcement when I was still in high school; I got a job down at the Sheriff's Department at the old jail as a radar operator while I was still in school.

Loudermilk said as he got older he got different jobs, but almost all had to do with law enforcement.

"When I turned 21, I got a deputy's job and I was there until 1986," Loudermilk said. "I worked at the prison for a little bit and did some other things -- but I was always interested in law enforcement, it was just always what I wanted to do.

"I got on the city police (force), and for the (longest) part of my career I did investigations, for probably about 15 years of my total (time with BDP). I was chief for one term, which was nice. But for my biggest part of the time I was there, I did investigations."

Throughout his career Loudermilk said he gained plenty of fond memories, but one of his most memorable experiences was a life-threatening one.

"I had only been on about two months, and I was actually on the Sheriff's Department and there was a shootout downtown," Loudermilk said. "The man that was wanted (was) from out of state. The city police got in a pursuit with him, and I got involved and ended up right in front of McDonald's. (I) got shot at; he shot up my car.

Mark Loudermilk
"One of the city officers ended up shooting him. He was wanted for, I believe, bank robbery out of state. But that happened when I had been on (for a short time). I was 21 years old, so that happened right off the bat, and you never forget that."

Loudermilk said after that happened he began to question if he had picked the right line of work, but lucky for him he said he never got shot at again.

He said his fond memories are of being able to help people.

"I really enjoyed working at the Sheriff's Department and then the city police when I did investigations for all those years," Loudermilk said. "I really liked doing investigations; I liked helping people and you could take your time."

Loudermilk said sometimes it was hard working investigation and patrol at the same time because of how busy he would be, so he really enjoyed getting a chance to do just investigative work.

"I enjoyed being able to take my time and make sure you do everything right and work on cases," he said.

According to Loudermilk, some of the more rewarding cases he worked on and solved had to do with Child Protective Services.

"Something I did a lot of (was) I worked very closely with our local Child Protective Services (CPS) for years," Loudermilk said. "People would be surprised to know how many investigations there are on child abuse and neglect and molestation. Because that's not (always) really a newsworthy type thing ... a lot of it's investigated, but maybe never charged. Typically if no one is ever charged, (it's) not something the public knows about. But there's a tremendous amount of that work done by the police, Sheriff's Department and State Police, that takes up a lot of your time."

Loudermilk said he's reminded a lot of some of the good that he did while on the police force.

"I really enjoyed helping kids that had been wronged, and I get a lot of pleasure (from it) now," Loudermilk said. "I'll be out at a restaurant or a store and someone that's an adult now will come up to me and say, 'You may not remember me, but when I was 10-years-old this had happened to me and you worked the case, and (you were) real nice and whatever was going on you made sure it stopped.'

"I get that at least once every month or two, I'll be someplace and someone will come up and say something like that. We worked literally dozens of those cases a year and worked closely with the Sheriff's Department and detectives on those things. I get a lot of pleasure now ... when adults come up and thank me for things.

"That's my favorite part of (being retired) when people contact me."

He said he would occasionally get cards or "Thank You" notes from people he helped out, and noted if people feel they've been helped by a public servant to take the time to do something like that, because it's rare and it means a lot.

Loudermilk said he felt like it was just time to retire and move on to another area he'd always been interested in -- real estate.

"Well (age) 52, that's the normal retirement age, where you actually draw pension and such, and I've been in it a long time -- over 30 years -- and I just decided it was time for a change," Loudermilk said. "I've always been interested in real estate. I've bought and sold houses, and I've had some rental property on the side for many years now. I just decided it was time.

"I went to real estate school here in the last 2-3 months and took my state test and such. Lori Dalton -- she's the owner (at Century 21, Brazil) -- was nice enough to offer me a position. It just seemed like the right time for me to do this."

Loudermilk said he's still getting used to the job and he has a lot more training to do, but within the next few weeks to months he should have a good handle on it.

He noted some aspects of his old job might actually help him out in real estate.

"I've dealt with people since I was 18 and started at the jail in 1978," Loudermilk said. "I dealt with people, I know just about everyone in town and they know me.

"(I've got) such a leg up (because) I know the town, I know the county because I was a deputy too, and so I'm very familiar with the neighborhoods and I've been in half the houses in town on calls."

He said he believes it will be a smooth transition into his new job as a real estate agent.

"I think it's a nice progression because a lot of people know me," Loudermilk said. "(Being) a policeman all those years, (people know I'm) trustworthy, and (I have) a general knowledge of the public and the area."

Loudermilk said he, "surprisingly," has not had as much time to spend with his family as he thought he would when he retired, but he understands once he gets used to his new job it will get better.

Loudermilk cited the working relationships as some of the things he'll miss most about being on the force.

"I worked really closely with a lot of people over the years, and a lot of them came and went," Loudermilk said. "Not all that many people put in an entire career at a smaller place like Brazil or Clay County. Then there are a few that I worked very closely with for years (that I'll miss). I really, really enjoyed working with all these close friends and we worked very well together ... we worked an entire career together, and I hope to still see some of them. A lot of them have moved on already. I miss seeing some of the people I worked with. Those friendships I'll cherish."

For now, Loudermilk said he would continue getting used to his new job and passion, but said his wife probably appreciates his new job to some degree.

"My wife Patti, she's employed as a nurse in Terre Haute, I think she'll appreciate that I won't have to work any nights or be out ... or phone calls at 3 a.m., (that) wake her up," Loudermilk said. "That's going to be nice."

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Good luck, Mark. you're a good guy and I wish you the best!!

-- Posted by My Dime on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 7:41 PM

thanks for the hard work mark i might change my mind on centry21 and go to you to buy my next home

-- Posted by marcus056 on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 9:10 PM

Good luck Mark, you had a good run.

-- Posted by tcschurick on Fri, Jul 6, 2012, at 10:32 PM

Congratulations my friend. I wish you much success in your new career.

-- Posted by Daryl Andrews on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 3:29 PM

Congrats Mark, you have a lot to be proud of. You were a great leader and a good role model.

-- Posted by jbucklin on Sat, Jul 7, 2012, at 6:17 PM

with all due respect intended, i know what i know. what i say, i must account for.

-- Posted by madmarkbedwell on Wed, Aug 1, 2012, at 4:16 AM

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