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Rhiel moves on from Sheriff's Department after 24 years

When Bob Rhiel first started with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in 1984, he received advice he still carries with him to this day.

"Terry DuBois said that even though you have a gun and carry a badge, you get up the same way everyone does and you put your pants on the same way everyone does," he said. "His message was that you're no different than anyone else, as we all have our bad days, so don't you forget it."

It was one of many pieces of advice DuBois gave Rhiel that he used in his 24-year career with the Sheriff's Department that ended Friday. Rhiel accepted a position to be a flight supervisor for LifeLink III out of its Rice Lake, Wis., location.

"It was time for a change," Rhiel said, explaining his reasoning. "It's a great company to work for," in describing LifeLink, where he was previously a paramedic out of its New Richmond location before being promoted. "I'm lucky I got the position."

Based out of Minneapolis, Life Link III can provide ground and air medical transportation for patients within a 150-mile radius of the Twin Cities. Besides Rice Lake, which is its newest base, Life Link has other helicopter bases in Eden Prairie, Hutchinson and St. Cloud, Minn., along with New Richmond.

"It's fast transportation with highly skilled people," he said.

For more read the Feb. 6 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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