TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A long-time member of the Terre Haute Police department has passed away.
Retired Captain Joe Brentlinger died Wednesday. Brentlinger served the department for over 40 years.
He retired last year at 70 years old.
Captain Brentlinger walked the police department halls and served Terre Haute for about four and half decades.
"He's the guy you really asked for advice, kind of took you under his wing," said Terre Haute Chief John Plasse.
And Chief Plasse said he remembers Brentlinger from his first days on the force.
But aside from the humble beginnings some 20+ years ago, Plasse has a lot of memories about the retired captain.
One he, and other officers, called affectionately, Captain B.
"I remember how he made me smile all the time. I remember the good thoughts about Captain Joe. He's gone here but he'll never be replaced," said Chief Plasse.
Chief Plasse describes him as a personal mentor and father figure.
He took young rookies under his wing that have filtered into the department throughout the years.
"I think I'm the man I am today, due in part to Captain Joe Brentlinger," said Chief Plasse.
Brentlinger was one of the first members on the first tactical team at the department.
And Chief Plasse said he was the go-to guy for any questions when they implement new strategies and ideas.
Chief Plasse said he'll be missed by new and old officers alike.
"We'll go on, we have to go on. There will never be another Captain Joe. Guaranteed…There's only one Captain B," said Chief Plasse
Captain Brentlinger is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
His funeral arrangements are pending.
News 10 will continue to follow this story.
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