The former drummer for heavy metal band “Five Finger Death Punch” has opted to take a different path in life after leaving the band in 2018. Instead of retiring and walking into the sunset as a rock star, Jeremy Spencer announced on social media that he has a new gig — serving as a reserve police officer.
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At age 19, Spencer left his hometown of Boonville, Indiana, to travel the world with his band. They played countless shows, but eventually, after years of being on the road, the stardom took its toll.
“I’m kind of relearning where things are in my house now. Like where the cups are, you know, because I was gone. It’s been really cool to just kind of do a normal situation for a while,” Spencer told Fox59.
Spencer has very fond memories of playing drums for the band. “It was amazing and it brings back memories watching it now. I kind of remember some of these shows and it’s very cool.” But in 2018, Spencer grew tired of always being on the road, so he left the band in order to pursue a normal life.
On Monday, Spencer surprised his social media followers by announcing he had become a reserve police officer for the Rockport Police Department. The 46-year-old rockstar was asked why he decided to become a police officer?
“You just see the impact they have on everyone’s life. It’s so important,” he said. In an Instagram post, Spencer explained he wanted to “serve the community” and “help out my brothers.”
Spencer will be splitting his time between two communities. “I’m still a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, but it’s an honor to be able to come back to this area when I can and serve the community as a reserve police officer and help out my brothers.”
His fans feel he’ll do just fine. One fan commented on his post and wrote: “You are already missed by many metal heads like myself, my friend, but this right here is the most selfless thing you could do.”
Spencer doesn’t seem to be harboring any regrets in his decision. “Life’s about experience, so to me this was great and I think this is going to be great now.”