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William S. Tribell | Daily News Doyle Halcomb on location with recently in an undisclosed location here in the Tri-State area.

“Go out into the world, learn all you can and bring it home,” is something Doyle Halcomb learned in his youth and never forgot. Halcomb has worn a great many hats over the years. He has learned a lot, and brought it all home to Middlesboro.

“One of my teachers told me that years ago and I never forgot it,” said Halcomb. “That’s what I tried to do and what I continue to try to do.”

The son of a coal miner, Halcomb was born and raised in Middlesboro. He graduated from Middlesboro High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in police administration and an associates degree in emergency medical care from Eastern Kentucky University.

He joined the Bell County Emergency Medical Services as an Emergency Medical Technician for a few years — during the same time he worked with the Pineville Police Department and was a graduate of cadet class 214 at the Department of Criminal Justice in Richmond. For a short time Halcomb served as a deputy sheriff in Bell County as well.

He continued to pursue a career in law and order, joining the Kentucky State Police where he worked for 20 years. Halcomb retired from the state police in 2013.

Remembering his time in law enforcement Halcomb said, “There are a million fond memories and just as many you don’t want to have. That’s the best way I can describe police work. I’m glad I’ve done it, and I’m blessed to have been able to retire from it.”

After retirement Halcomb became an adjunct faculty instructor at Eastern Kentucky Technical College — teaching criminal justice. He is also a volunteer baseball and T-Ball coach in Middlesboro.

“My favorite part of teaching is the interaction with the students,” Halcomb said. “I learn as much from them as they do from me. I’m a people person, and I really do love the interaction. No matter what you think you might know about something there is always another challenge and another side to the debate. I guess I’ll say I like the challenge of being challenged.”

These days when Halcomb isn’t teaching he goes on the road with Searching for Bigfoot Inc. with whom he serves as an investigator, forensic interviewer, and field security specialist.

“What better job can you have, chasing what most people think of as a mythical creature,” said Halcomb. “You get to travel and meet all kinds of people. It’s a good time and an adventure trying to learn the truth.”

Halcomb is the skeptic of the group, saying he will have to see a Bigfoot to believe it.

“I need more than the preponderance of evidence,” he said.” I’ve seen and heard a lot of things I can’t explain but I’m going to need visual confirmation — I’m going to have to see it for myself.”

The Searching for Bigfoot Team is best known for the films “Bigfoot Lives, Bigfoot Lives 2,” and many other productions on the subject. The team is currently working on their latest film project, of which Halcomb is involved. They have been filming all across the country and have filmed in the Bell County and Tri-State area recently.

Reach William Tribell at (606) 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn

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