‘Double hero’ soldier returns to work as Burlington police officer

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Three weeks after his return from his tour of duty in Egypt, Sergeant Brain Farmer is preparing for duty once again as a Burlington police officer.

Farmer returned with 120 soldiers September 1 from Egypt to the High Point Army Readiness Center after supervising the Egyptian-Israeli border for the Treaty of Peace.

Farmer has been a patrol officer with the city for almost two years, but has served in the Army National Guard as a Sergeant for 11 years, serving three tours of duty thus far.

During this tour, he missed his wife Nicole's entire pregnancy, though Farmer was granted leave to witness the birth of his firstborn, Rogan, on June 11.

"It was one of the hardest things I had to do to go back after 12 days of being home," Farmer said. "I've been through many leaves coming back and going back to wherever I was deployed to, but this was the hardest for sure."

Some Burlington city employees have called him a "double hero" for his dual responsibilities, but Farmers said he's just doing the job he was hired to do.

Farmer will go through training for new policies and procedures implemented during his leave from the Burlington Police Department and will return to work at the on September 30.

Farmer has seven more years before completing his 24 years in the Army National Guard.