Sgt. Paul Buckles
On May 30, 2014, the Potter County Sheriff’s Office lost a very dear friend, colleague and brother in the line of duty. Sergeant Paul Buckles was participating in an active shooter training exercise with several other area law enforcement officers when he collapsed and became unresponsive. Several medical personnel and fellow officers were on the scene and immediately reacted. Despite a great effort by these amazing first-responders, our friend departed this life for the next.
Sergeant Paul Buckles started with the Potter County Sheriff’s Office in March of 1988. He was a second generation deputy; his father, Merrill was with the department from 1976 to 1985. Sergeant Buckles loved being an officer of the law and respected the significance of that role. He knew that the job he did made a difference in the lives of everyone he came in contact with and because of that, he always strived to give the citizens of Potter County his very best. Sergeant Buckles held certificates for his Master Jailer’s License and his Master Peace Officer’s License and had collected numerous commendations from inside and outside of the department. Throughout his 26 year career with the Sheriff’s Office, he worked everywhere from the Jail to Civil to Special Crimes and CID.
Although earnest in his work, Paul knew that it is good to have a way to relieve tension in an often difficult field. His silly jokes and playful pranks have not only made us all laugh, but have left us with fond memories that we will not soon forget. Making people laugh was Paul’s pleasure but making great music was his passion. He would often perform with his guitar at local events and gatherings to crowds that were entertained by the sincerity and charisma in his song writing.
Paul Buckles loved his job, he loved his friends, he loved the Lord and he loved his family; especially his son, Jack. When Paul became your friend, you were friends for life. He will forever serve as an example of what an officer should be. He would want to be remembered in a way that makes each of us smile; after all, that was always his ultimate goal. For these things and so many more, we celebrate the life of Sergeant Paul Buckles and are all greater for knowing him.