Guntersville police officer Ranzy Noble is another of those citizen-soldiers who has done more than his fair share of overseas duty.
Officer Noble joined the Army National Guard in 2001, got out in 2008, then rejoined in 2011.
He has done 3 tours of duty in the Middle East, twice in Afghanistan and once in Iraq. He also worked for a time over there as a private contractor.
Sgt. Noble is a Chinook helicopter mechanic assigned to the 169th out of Birmingham. People have encouraged him to pursue an aviation career, but he loves being a police officer.
“I actually started with Guntersville as a dispatcher in 2010 and went on the road in 2013,” he said.
He spent a little time as a door gunner. He never really worried about his safety in such a situation.
“It’s either your day or not your day,” he said. “You don’t worry about it.”
He will be eligible for his Guard retirement in 4-1/2 more years.
“People tell me to quit policing, but it gets in your blood,” he said. “It becomes part of who you are. It’s like Pandora’s box. Once you have opened it, you can’t shut the door and go back to being a normal civilian.”
When he’s not policing or soldiering, Sgt. Noble enjoys fishing, hunting and riding horses and spending time with his wife and 3 children.
The family lives on Sand Mountain.