The E-T is hosting a contest in which residents are asked to nominate their favorite local Everyday Hero who can be involved in any capacity of everyday life — everything from healthcare workers to community volunteers to grocery store clerks and everything in between — who have made an impact on others. The overall Everyday Hero winner, to be decided by vote of E-T readers, will receive a $100 gift card.

As part of the process, the ET is featuring nominees. The current Everyday Hero nominee in the spotlight is lifelong Stephenville resident Jeremy Lanier.

Lanier had his sights set on a possible career in manufacturing engineering when he enrolled at Tarleton State University after graduating from Stephenville High School in 2006. But Lanier eventually felt a call to a higher duty.

The person who nominated Lanier as an Everyday Hero described him as a family man — and a protector of youth. His desire to help victims led to changing his major from engineering to entirely different field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2012.

Lanier, now 32, started out his career as an investigator for Child Protective Services in Erath, Hood and Somervell counties, but now is a detective with the Stephenville Police Department. He was first hired by the SPD as a patrol officer in 2014, but has been a Crimes against Persons investigator since 2018.

The person who nominated Lanier said he is a good nominee “Because he cares about keeping Stephenville safe for all of our children, and he’s good at bringing people together. He’s definitely a people person.”

Lanier said he changed his major in college because he began to feel that he wanted to “do what I should do. I always had an interest in criminal justice, and I had an interest in helping people who can’t help themselves.”

Lanier has an aunt, Beth Maeker, who is a traveling registered nurse based in Lubbock who works helping sexual assault victims.

Lanier said he also felt that he wanted to help victims with their healing process.

“It’s been an interest — crimes against persons,” Lanier said. “It’s just what I find is important to me when somebody is victimized in these particular crimes.

“For me, I’ve always been blessed to work with a great team. If there’s anything I can do … at the end of the day, if the bad guy goes to jail it definitely feels like I had success, and that propels me on to the next one.”

Lanier said he is appreciative of his primary mentor with the SPD, Detective Kevin Fincher, who now works primarily with property crimes.

Lanier said Fincher showed interest in helping him learn the ropes as an investigator, and “is very good at it.”

Lanier is the current president of the Stephenville Police Officers Association. He works in coordination with the Paluxy River Children’s Advocacy Center, and also Cross Timbers Family Services.

“We work in concert to make sure families and victims receive services,” Lanier said.

Working with victims can sometimes be difficult to handle emotionally, but Lanier had a simple answer to how he manages it.

“Oftentimes it’s, how do you not,” he said.

Lanier and his wife Chelsea, have three sons — 8-year-old twins Barrett and Jaxson, and 4-year-old Quaid. The twins attend Chamberlin Elementary School.

Lanier is the oldest child of Barry and Cindy Lanier of Stephenville. Barry is co-owner of Trinity Tek, and Cindy is a Weight Watchers trainer.

Lanier has a younger sister, Morgan Lanier, and brother, Travis Lanier, both of Stephenville.