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Sons follow dad's footsteps into law enforcement

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Children following in their parent's footsteps isn't uncommon, but for Lake City Police Department, it's a first. A father-son team shares a common purpose. Today, they're scanning the streets of Lake City to protect its citizens and to look for signs of trouble. 

Michael and Dylan Pfeilsticker grew up understanding their dad wasn't just their protector, but everyone else's too. They're working on joining him in the field.

"My dad thought of the idea to do a ride along with him one day and I got hooked on pretty much right there," said Michael. 

With just months away until completing the police academy, Michael is inching closer to his goal of becoming a state patrol officer. Currently, he serves as a reserve officer in Lake City with his dad Al Pfeilsticker.

Al has been a part-time patrolman for almost two decades. 

"We had a call one time, and one of the guys said, 'You two look alike," and I'm like 'Yeah, we're father and son." And he's like, 'oh, well that's a first," said Michael.

Al has been considering retirement. But his sons have convinced him to stay in the field a little longer.

"They're pushing me to stay on longer so maybe I'll have an opportunity to work with them on the road," said Al.

Michael and Al work 8-hour days together and say this shared experience has brought them closer.

"It's funny watching him type on the computer because he has to wear glasses when he types. Me and my dad get along really well together," said Michael.  "We go on calls together and I even call my dad, 'dad' over the radio sometimes....but he just calls me my badge number which is 237."

Michael's younger brother, Dylan, recently graduated from Lincoln High School in Lake City. He plans to follow in his father's footsteps and join the police academy this fall.  

"I always knew this guy was gonna do it. From a little kid, he always admired the whole cop thing, always wanted to see what was on dad's belt. I'd pick him up when he was little and hold him and he'd always play with my badge," said Al. "There's a lot of jobs that have associated risks with them, law enforcement is just one of those jobs. You can go be a carpenter or whatever, and there's always risk with those jobs. I always think about it, but I think they'll be well trained enough they can take care of themselves."

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