Mike Brennan doesn’t do battle stories, even though he’s had his share.
Hanging in Brennan’s office is a photo of him in the thick of one of the Veishea riots (he can’t remember which one), thronged by rampaging students and holding one unruly youth in a headlock. But those kinds of memories aren’t the things that stick out for him.
“They all run together after awhile,” he said.
Instead, when Brennan reflects back on his career with the Ames Police Department, a career that began as an officer on the night shift and progressed to heading up the department’s investigation division, he remembers some of the cases he wishes he hadn’t been a part of, including fatal car accidents, incidents where someone was badly hurt and especially suicides. Brennan has taken suicide calls both as an officer and as an investigator, and even when the job had numbed him to the shock of seeing blood, these cases always had the power to get to him.