Artie Rodriguez is a part-time musician, part-time sheriff’s deputy, director of administration and all around model citizen. What started as his passion at an early age has helped develop him into the person he is. We spoke with him to find out what drives his call to serve and how he uses music to help heal others.
Artie first kicked off his music career when he was just 9-years-old, singing in church.
“After the early church days I continued singing throughout my teenage years, mostly around the house, nothing out in public,” he said. “After graduation, I joined the Marine Corps, and once I was out of the corps I joined a group from Alabama named Young Country.”
His call to serve only grew as he began to feel called to work in law enforcement.
“I work full time as the Director of Administration at the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office but I also serve as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the sheriff’s office.”
So what’s his true passion, singing or policing?
“I honestly love them both,” he said. “They both are contributing to help people in different ways. Law enforcement helps people in their time of need when an emergency arrives. We are the knights in shining armor that arrive to protect them in a time of need.”
But Artie says that singing also helps people in a different kind of way.
“As a singer I help people through music who are needing to heal that emotional feeling of losing a loved one or to just remind someone through a song that they are not alone.”
Artie is no stranger to death. The world of law enforcement is surrounded by it.
“As an honor guard member with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, I have attended several funerals of fallen officers. As an artist, I decided to put my emotions of burying a fallen brother or sister into lyrics of a song. The lyrics look at it through the eyes of a coworker.”
Artie has helped bring healing to many that have been affected by a line of duty death, both his brothers and sisters in law enforcement, and the entire blue family that stands in support of those who hold the thin blue line.
Artie had the incredible honor of singing in front President Donald J. Trump and thousands of law enforcement officers and police survivors during National Police Week. He performed “If it Wasn’t for the Badge” on the United States Capitol lawn as tears flooded the eyes of those grieving for lost loved ones.
And being surrounded by such devastating travesties, he’s learned to appreciate every moment he has with his loved ones.
“Policing has really taught me to enjoy each and every day I have to the fullest. Law enforcement officers see so much negativity in this world that it makes you appreciate what you have. Because you never know when your last day on this earth will be. Live for the moment, be cautious and don’t get complacent.”
Artie also has a special attachment to the meaning of his middle name. And it’s darn-well appropriate for the kind of person he is.
“A lot of people don’t know that I am part Muskogee Creek Native American. My middle name is ‘Crying Wolf’. When asked what does it mean, I explain it means, ‘Lone wolf with a crying heart.’”
Anyone interested in catching a performance from The Singin’ Lawman can check out his tour dates on www.artierodriguez.com
“I perform at a prestige opry house in NW Florida called Gilley’s Family Opry. Every 1st and 3rd Friday nights of the each month I will be on stage there playing classic country such as Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard and George Strait. Come and see!”
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