Joshua grew up and was raised in the firehouse. His father served in Wayne Township Fire Department for 21 years, finishing his fire career as Deputy Chief. He later left to pursue law enforcement which led Joshua on the same career path.
He has been serving the citizens of Marion County since 2013, as a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy. Previously holding the rank of Sergeant within the Reserve Division, he oversaw the training of new reserve deputies. As an Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Certified Primary Instructor, as well as an ILEA Defensive Tactics Instructor, he helped teach deputies throughout the department.
He currently holds law enforcement powers as a Fire Investigator at Pike Township Fire Department. He holds certifications in Fire Investigator I, Firefighter I, Indiana EMS First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician Course completion, NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800, Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations, LMS Course: HAZMAT, and Emergency Guidebook. Joshua was awarded The Eskenazi Life Saver Award in 2016 for saving a person from an overdose, and again in 2018 for successfully talking a person off a 25ft ledge to safety. He completed the Reid School for Interview & Interrogation. In 2017 he was nominated for Reserve Deputy of the Year at the Annual Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s Deputy Ceremony. Investigator/Inspector Shrum is a certified Fire Investigation Technician through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI-FIT). Joshua currently attends Columbia Southern University and he is always actively learning to better serve the citizens of Pike Township.