Many times in the recruiting process, a college coach will mention how a college education can change the life of a prospective student-athlete and those around him as well.  Former UMPI basketball player Jeremy Brock is taking that statement to heart as the first-year Officer in the Bangor Police Department is making a difference and saving lives in his community.

On August 16, Officer Brock saved a distraught man from jumping off Veterans Remembrance Bridge.  Brock and other members of the Bangor Police Department were summoned to the Penobscot River area with reports of a suicidal man heading toward the bridge.  Within minutes of arrival, the former Owl basketball player observed a man tying a rope to the guiderail of the bridge and attempted to talk the anguished 57-year-old man away from the bridge edge but seeing the man hurriedly angle toward the upper edge of the railing, Brock acted quickly and tackled the man to the bridge walkway and away from danger.

It was not the first time the newly appointed police officer had saved a community member from danger.  In July, Brock responded to a call of a man possibly overdosing in the Mansfield Stadium parking lot.  Brock found a man conscious, but not breathing and immediately administered rescue breaths and chest compressions.  The man soon regained the ability to breathe on his own, but without Officer Brocks' appropriate and quick response, the man may never have recovered.

Brock, an Easton native, was a Dean's List student while majoring in Criminal Justice at UMPI and played an important role within the Owl basketball program for three years, registering career game highs of 17 points and 9 rebounds in 2009.

Officer Brock has received outstanding marks for his professionalism in a short span of time in uniform.  A trait our UMPI Criminal Justice Program is proud to have helped Brock develop while a student-athlete for the Blue and Gold.

"These newer guys we're hiring seem to be more mature and more sensitive [to crisis situations]," said Bangor Police Lt. Steve Hunt about Brock.

"He's carrying on the fine tradition of the Bangor Police Department," Hunt said.

Jeremy Brock is another exemplary illustration of a UMPI student-athlete moving on after graduating and impacting their community in a positive manner.

Quotes courtesy of Bangor Daily News