Get to know Foley High School alumnus Bret Morse!
Where were you born and what year did you graduate from Foley High School?
I was born in Goshen, Indiana and lived there until I moved to Foley in 1997, my freshman year. I graduated in 2001.
Did you participate in any extracurricular activities? Were you any good?!
The biggest extracurricular activity for me was the marching band. I was a trumpet player and would like to say that I was fairly decent at it. I still help with the Mighty Band from Lion Land at marching rehearsals when I get a chance and have some free time.
Did you go to college, business, or technical school after graduation?
I didn’t immediately go to college. In fact, I didn’t go back to school until this past summer when the Sheriff’s Office sent me to Faulkner to get my EMT license!
What sort of jobs have you done since graduation? Do you have a favorite?
I worked at Sears in Foley while in high school and also for a few years after. Then worked at The Home Depot for several years. I even rented condos for a few years. But currently I am an officer for the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. It is my passion, and I wouldn’t even consider another profession.
If you hadn’t become a _____, what might you have done?
If I hadn’t gotten into my current profession, I suppose I would be doing retail somewhere. No, it’s not fun to me, but I would say I am good at it with the experience I’ve had doing it.
What life lessons has adversity taught you?
I’ve learned MANY lessons since graduating. After graduating, I was making decent money and thought life would always be easy. That’s definitely not the case. You never know when something will come up.
What are one or two things you really miss about high school?
One of the biggest things I miss from high school is….wait for it….the school lunch. You may think I’m crazy. But when you get out into the “real world” and you aren’t making tons of money and are having to buy all of your meals…school lunch starts to sound pretty good.
Another thing is the friends. As I said before, I moved here from Indiana. I knew no one when I moved here. But just four years later when I graduated, I made several friends that I felt like I had known my whole life. A couple of those people I still consider my best friends and still talk to them regularly.
Who was the person who most influenced you and how?
One of my biggest influences would have to be my grandfather, Dana Morse. A retired police officer, it was he who first got me interested in law enforcement as a small child.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I really have no aspirations to go anywhere exotic. My biggest goal is to take my wife and 8 year old daughter to Disney World.
What is one thing you would encourage high school students to do before they graduate?
Have fun. Live your life. But also, learn what you can.
The best advice you would give a 20-year-old would be?
If you have a profession in mind, GO DO IT! There is nothing you can’t be or can’t do. Do not ever let someone tell you that your dream is too big. It’s your life…live it.
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Thanks for letting us get to know you, Bret, and best wishes from the Foley Lion’s Roar.