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‘It’s the great mystery’

Meet Deputy Todd Amborski, Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department

WHAT’S HIS JOB?

In his early 40s, Amborski decided to enter the police academy in pursuit of the career he’d had in the back of his mind since entering the U.S. Navy at the age of 18. Now in his 17th year of working at the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department, including time as a dispatcher and corrections officer, Amborski has been on road patrol since 2015. His job includes a wide range of duties, including transporting inmates, serving court papers, making traffic stops, and responding to calls for help from citizens.

A common misperception, Amborski said, is that police work consists mostly of the drama of dragging criminals to jail.

“They don’t get to see the difference you make in actual, normal people’s lives,” he said. “That’s probably 90% of what we do.”

WHAT HE DOES FOR FUN

When he’s not hanging out with his grandkids, Amborski likes to be outdoors, cutting wood, gardening, boiling a batch of maple syrup with his father-in-law, or camping with his wife of 23 years.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF HIS JOB?

The job is easy to come to each day, Amborski said. He appreciates the variety in working with the schools, courts, and residents of his community. A natural puzzle-solver, he has a particular fondness for traffic accidents and the varied challenges they present as deputies study skid marks and mentally reenact how a vehicle tumbled to its stop.

“It’s the great mystery, what exactly happened,” Amborski said. “I’ve had pretty good success with that, just because I enjoy it so much.”

WHAT’S THE

TOUGHEST PART?

A deputy, of necessity, hops from one job to the next.

Sometimes, Amborski said, the busyness of the day keeps him from paying as much attention to each detail as he’d like.

“Every department deals with having just enough people to do the job, and on a busy day, you’re just one person short of being able to do that,” Amborski explained. “You manage that, and carry on to the next day.”