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A brotherhood goes beyond the badge in Goliad

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One family here in the Crossroads is leaving their mark in the community after serving decades in law enforcement. It's not just a job for these peace officers, it's a legacy.
 
"I wake up in the morning and I'm ready to go to work, and If I'm away from it too long then I miss doing it. They say that if you do something and you love it then its not a job," said Paul San Miguel. 
For Goliad Deputy Paul San Miguel being in law enforcement is a calling.
"It's something that you want to get out and help the community and help people," said Paul San Miguel. 
Luckily for San Miguel, it's a brotherhood beyond the badge.
"Sometimes people will say well of course you're brothers cause all police men are brothers. It's because we're actually blood brothers," said Paul San Miguel. 
The San Miguel brothers, five to be exact, are part of a law enforcement tradition spanning three generations.
"It started a tradition for us started with our grandfather when he was a deputy sheriff in San Antonio, and my father was a deputy sheriff in San Antonio. I think it was just an upbringing just to want to in our family to take care of and care for our community that we're in, in public service," said Ruben San Miguel. 
For these brothers, that tradition started in Charco, Texas, a small town right outside of Goliad. 

"At a young age we grew up in the country it was something that we would joke around and play with, and being in that environment  with your father and grandfather  always talking about law enforcement and its all about helping people. We were raised that way, it came from our mother ," said Ruben San Miguel. 
And now decades later, this family is closer than ever. So close, in fact, all the San Miguel's live within 1 mile of each other.
"My brothers and I come to drink coffee with my mother every morning and we're together every weekend. It's difficult to see families not do that because it comes so easy for us," said Ruben San Miguel. 
Paul, Daniel, Joseph, and Rudy are fortunate enough to serve together at the Goliad County Sheriff's Office.
Ruben is a sergeant with DPS in Victoria. The San Miguel's feel lucky to have their brothers by their side.
"You couldn't ask for any better back up then when you have your brothers working with you," said San Miguel. 

Which gives the rest of the family piece of mind.

"The wives don't worry and we don't worry because we know that one of us are going to be around somewhere, and even if one of us is not working or several of us are off, you're still gonna get some help cause anything that happens out on the streets, one of these guys are always listening and looking out for each other," said San Miguel. 

The name San Miguel is synonymous with public service. Paul's daughter Lauren also works in law enforcement as a dispatcher.
"I would say we all have the same view of everything, we all enjoy helping people. We're there for the community when it comes to working with each other, they're always there to be a helping hand to whoever," said Lauren Garcia. 
This being a family legacy that will hopefully live on for years to come.

"I know it would make my dad proud seeing us out here working, and it does make my mother proud seeing us out here working and doing good," said Paul San Miguel. 

This bond between the San Miguel brothers is unbreakable.

"Like my mother always told us... whatever happens and whoever is around, all we have is each other, and that's what we count on," said Paul San Miguel. 
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