By Tim Kowols
Already a member of the Brussels-Union Emergency Medical Responders and the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department, it is hard to wonder how Curt Vandertie fits in his schedule time to be a Door County Sheriff’s Deputy. For eight years he worked in the jail department before taking the necessary training to move from inside the Door County Justice Center to do his duty on the road. Vandertie says his time volunteering with the fire and emergency responder departments turned public safety into a passion of his. After working in the healthcare field for 14 years, Vandertie says it became a goal for him to be a Sheriff’s Deputy, even if it meant half the pay of his private sector position.
As for when fires break out in southern Door County, Vandertie says he stays 100 percent focused on his role as a Sheriff’s Deputy when he is on duty. According to Indeed.com the average salary for a Deputy Sheriff is around $24 per hour, which is 10 percent above the nation’s average.