Brent Worth found his passion for community service very early on in life. At 14, he was volunteering as a Medical Response Technician for a small-town ambulance/rescue service. By 16, he became the youngest Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the history of Indiana. Although his first professional job was as a stockbroker, he realized his passion was serving the community. In 2001, he joined the Morgan County Sheriff ’s Office and never looked back.
Over his 16-year career, beginning as a reserve deputy and currently serving as captain, Worth has noticed that many youths are “falling through the gaps” and felt a need to intervene. He knows the hurt some youth feel who have been “left behind,” so he mentors local middle schoolers. “It is very rewarding knowing I can have a positive impact on someone’s life and future,” he said. “Everyone should be given the same opportunities to succeed.”
Worth is highly involved in Morgan County, a tight knit community where “your involvement inspires others to get involved too.” Worth is involved with the Indiana Youth Institute, The American Legion and Martinsville Crime Watch. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Morgan County Philanthropy Award from the Morgan County Community Foundation for demonstrating tireless work in Morgan County with the Artesian Little League, Morgan County Fallen Officers Memorial Fund and others.
Using his many years of experience, Worth recently partnered with United Way of Central Indiana’s Area South Youth Engagement Program to provide internet safety classes to parents and students in Morgan County schools. His knowledge is helping students learn how to stay safe online and teaches parents how to protect their children from online dangers.
For Worth, volunteerism is fellowship with common goals, an area where everyone can get involved. He was fortunate to be empowered by experienced and qualified leaders, so he encourages others to volunteer and make a positive influence through mentoring. He advises everyone to, “Get involved, stay involved and do what’s right for the right reasons. Set aside personal or political agendas.” From Worth’s own experience, he knows once you start focusing on the community, it will create a positive effect for years to come.