Y Offers a "Tremendous Amount of Opportunity"
Relaxing in the La Crosse Y with his daughter after working out, Ron Secord gives a friendly wave to several members who pass by him in the lobby.
“I see so many people I know here – friends and family. Just from coming here, I meet a lot of people too,” Ron says. “The Y offers a tremendous amount of opportunity for people of all ages and abilities.”
A member for more than 20 years, Ron grew up with the Y. “The Y has always been there to help me and to support me,” he says.
He has held a family membership since his oldest daughter was born 17 years ago. He and his wife, Barb, both lifelong La Crosse residents, have been married 19 years. They have another daughter, age 12.
Ron, age 44, says his connection with the Y is unique too, because he’s a former employee. For several years, he worked in the Wellness Center. He also worked with the adult basketball league, including those who came in for “noon hoops.” At that time, he was making decisions about his education and his career. The Y provided Ron the “space” to consider what he truly wanted to do for his life’s work.
After earning a sociology degree from Winona State University, he continued to think about training as a police officer. He describes himself as a “late bloomer.” When he made the decision to take the law enforcement
route, he attended the police academy at Western Technical College. He applied for a cadet position at the La Crosse Police Department, and the rest is history...
Today, Secord is well-known in the community as a La Crosse Police Officer, serving the community for the past 15 years. He often can be seen with his canine companion Grumman, a yellow Lab trained to detect explosives. Ron works as an investigator. Previously, the pair worked at Central High School in La Crosse, where Secord was a school resource officer.
Secord and Grumman have been partners since the Lab joined the La Crosse K-9 unit in 2008. They completed 10 weeks of training in Virginia by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Ron says he and Grumman have done many fun and important assignments together, including working at Badger football games and patrolling in Madison while the Dalai Lama visited.
The Y keeps Ron grounded and focused for his police work. Although his days are long, he comes to the Y about four days a week to work out in the Wellness Center in the mornings. The Y also gives him a place to spend quality time with his family.
– By Kim Seidel, Seidel Ink LLC. 2011