WATCH: Steve Wilson Sits Down With Newly Retired Assistant Rockledge Police Chief Pat Hartselle
By Steve Wilson // March 25, 2022
spent 37 years working for the residents of Rockledge
WATCH: Pat Hartselle, retired Deputy Chief of the Rockledge Police Department, talks with Steve Wilson in the latest edition of “Sit Down with Steve.” Hartselle recently retired after 37 years in law enforcement, all with the Rockledge Police Department. Hartselle talks about his time as a law enforcement officer, the changes he has seen over the years, and much more in this exclusive interview.
BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA – Pat Hartselle, retired Deputy Chief of the Rockledge Police Department, talked with Steve Wilson in the latest edition of “Sit Down with Steve.”
Hartselle recently retired after 37 years in law enforcement, all with the Rockledge Police Department. He talked about his time as a law enforcement officer, the changes he has seen over the years, and much more in this exclusive interview.
Hartselle was destined to be a police officer as he was always looking out for others and helping those in need.
Hartselle, 58, spent his entire career working for the residents of Rockledge.
Born at Wuesthoff Hospital, which is now Rockledge Regional Medical Center, Hartselle attended elementary school in Jacksonville, Florida and middle school. He the attended Rockledge High School and graduated in 1981.
Hartselle began his career in law enforcement in January 1985, as a reserve officer. After going through two law enforcement academies, he was hired full time in October 1986.
Over the course of his career Hartselle has served as a Road Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain – and ended his career as Deputy Chief. H has either been in, or supervised, every division in the agency.
He beams when he talks about the amount of support law enforcement receives.
Hartselle said that the media often does not do law enforcement justice, but in Brevard County, and across the stat,e he said there is great support.
“I can’t go a day into a store without someone saying thank you for your service,” he said.
Hartselle also can’t say enough good things about the different agencies on the Space Coast, and how well they work together.
“All we have to do is make a call and our partner Brevard County agencies are always there,” he said.
“We all work together because that’s the only way we can get the job done.”
He has set the example of dedicated public service for his family and friends.
Hartselle’s son Stephen is a Fire Fighter/Paramedic with the Titusville Fire Department and also teaches Fire and EMS Paramedic courses at Eastern Florida State College. His daughter Amber is an officer with the Titusville Police Department.