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Ruth (Holmes) Mecham, standing at 6 feet, 4 inches, is excited to be back in Grant working as a deputy for PCSO. 

Deputy Mecham joins PCSO

Ruth (Holmes) Mecham, 25, began her duties as a Perkins County Sheriff Deputy on Tuesday, June 26. She’s currently completing field training and will attend Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island for 16 weeks.

Mecham, a 2011 Ogallala High School graduate, worked for a year as a Perkins County dispatcher before the dispatching services merged with Keith County in 2015. She has since been working as a Nebraska State Patrol dispatcher in North Platte. 

She said she has always had an interest in law enforcement. Her grandfather, Veldon “Slim” Fuller, served as the Ogallala Chief of Police for 18 years. 

She said she began attending school to obtain her criminal justice degree, and plans to finish that down the road. 

After moving to North Platte, Mecham began training in martial arts such as Brazilian jiujitsu, Taekwondo and Muay Thai kickboxing.  

She won a gold medal in jiujitsu at the 2017 Colorado Open and a gold and silver at the national jiujitsu competition in Denver.

She began training to learn how to defend herself and increase her skills for her law enforcement career. It became a passion, and led her to her husband. 

She married her jiujitsu trainer, Eric Mecham, in November 2017, celebrating with an April 2018 wedding at Top Tier gym in North Platte where they fell in love.

The couple has moved to Grant with Eric’s son Cyler, 8, and they are in the process of purchasing their home. 

Ruth said she loves being back in Grant. “It’s perfect for my family and everyone is so nice. I absolutely love it.”

Sheriff Jim Brueggeman said he’s pleased Mecham decided to accept a position as deputy sheriff with the Perkins County Sheriff’s Office and looks forward to working with her.  

“I know Ruth will be a good fit in both our office as well as in the community based upon her prior service with us and with the Nebraska State Patrol as a communications dispatcher.  I have strong confidence in Ruth’s ability to serve in the capacity of law enforcement officer and know she will be an asset to our agency and community.”

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