Couple finds love while chasing career dreams

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 6:42 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 1:32 AM
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Dale and Erica Newman were chasing dreams of law enforcement careers at the police academy in 2005, but what each also found was a future partner.

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Columbia County sheriff's Investigator Erica Newman and her husband, Crime Suppression Deputy Dale Newman met at the police academy in 2005.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Columbia County sheriff's Investigator Erica Newman and her husband, Crime Suppression Deputy Dale Newman met at the police academy in 2005.


“We had a lot of things in common,” Columbia County sheriff’s Investigator Erica Newman said of Dale Newman, whom she married in October 2007.

She had been a bank teller and he had been working for John Deere in Grovetown when they decided they had put off their dreams of being in law enforcement for too long. Their paths first crossed when they enrolled in the police academy in 2005 and started volunteering as reserve deputies at Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Both were later hired full-time and moved through the road patrol to their current jobs with the department. Dale Newman, 37, is a crime suppression deputy and a K-9 handler, while Erica Newman, 34, is a property crimes investigator.

They eventually fell in love, married and had a son, Matthew.

“With both of us being in law enforcement, we kind of have an understanding of the job,” she said. “We know the job is demanding and sometimes you have to put work first. … We both have that understanding so neither one of us gets upset when we have to go.”

They both also understand the potential dangers.

“We’re obviously worried about safety,” he said. “We both have high risk jobs.”

“He tells me, ‘Always be safe and do whatever you have to do to come home at night,”’ Erica Newman said.

Despite the inherent risks of the job, neither considered asking the other to change careers.

With one working the day shift and the other working nights, the couple rarely work the same crime scene, but they try to meet each other for lunch or dinner dates during a shift.

“When we’re off, we like to make the most of it,” Dale Newman said. “We try to do as much as we can.”

They try to take at least one family vacation a year, but mostly they spend their spare time with family in Harlem, riding 4-wheelers and dirt bikes or washing their county cars and cleaning their equipment together.

“It usually ends up with us both talking a lot about work,” he said.

DALE AND ERICA NEWMAN

Age: 37 and 34

Family: Justin, 14 (Dale’s son), and Matthew, 5

Work background: Dale Newman began volunteering as a reserve deputy at Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 and was hired as a full-time deputy on road patrol before joining crime suppression. Erica Newman began volunteering with the reserve program at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in 2005, then worked in the jail and on road patrol before moving to investigations around 2007.

Life before law enforcement: Dale had worked eight years at John Deere in Grovetown, and Erica had worked for five years as a bank teller at Bank of America on Peach Orchard Road.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/23/14 - 09:09 am
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this is news, how?

this is news, how? So I wonder if that guy Rolf from the sound of music got his name in the paper when he got married?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/23/14 - 09:39 am
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I feel good, I knew that I would, so good, so good.......
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I feel good, I knew that I would, so good, so good.......

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/23/14 - 09:39 am
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Government jobs are the New American Dream. Be safe, all.
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Government jobs are the New American Dream. Be safe, all.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/23/14 - 09:41 am
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Two hearts. Two guns. Two batmobiles. Writing warning. Cleaning
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up the mess after the crime is committed.

urright
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urright 01/23/14 - 12:59 pm
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Cute

They are far from the only couple with CCSO. I know of at least 4 others.

raul
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raul 01/23/14 - 01:48 pm
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@GAD. It's a soft news/human

@GAD. It's a soft news/human interest story. All newspapers do them.

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