Sgt Brochu was born in Littleton New Hampshire where he graduated from Littleton High School in 1983. He joined the United States Marine Corps in the delayed entry program and graduated as a Private First Class (meritoriously) from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in September of 1983. He attended various aviation schools at Marine Corps Air Station New River, Naval Air Stations Memphis and Pensacola. In 1984 He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 in Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he was promoted meritoriously to the rank of Corporal. His duties included maintenance of the CH-46 E helicopter and he was assigned as a Crew Chief and a Collateral Inspector. During his tour he participated in Team Sprit 85 and deployed on board the USS Tarawa and deployments to Okinawa Japan.
In 1987 Sgt Brochu transferred to Marine Air Group 46 Det Alpha, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia, where he was promoted meritoriously the rank Sergeant. His duties included supervising a Phase Maintenance work center and a Quality Assurance Representative.
In 1990 Sgt Brochu transferred back to Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii where he was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262. Once assigned there he deployed in combat operation Desert Storm /Desert Shield and Operation Sea Angel along with numerous unit deployments to Okinawa.
In 1994 Sgt Brochu transferred to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ where he was assigned to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One for duty as an Enlisted Aircrew Instructor. While there he assumed the rolls as the Enlisted Aircrew Department Head. While serving at MCAS Yuma, Sgt Brochu also volunteered for a year as a Yuma County Sheriff’s Deputy where he eventually was employed for a period of three years. Additionally, Sgt Brochu received a Federal Aviation Administration Airman’s Certificate as an Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic.
Sgt Brochu retired from 20 years active service in March of 2003. His Marine Corps Awards are Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Individual Action), Air Medal Single (Strike Flight), Navy Marine Corps Medal, National Defense Service Medal with a single star, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with five stars, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia, Humanitarian Service Medal with a single star, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four stars, Meritorious Unit Commendation with two stars, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with a single star, and a Navy Unit Commendation with a single star.
Upon his retirement from the United States Marine Corps, Sgt Brochu joined the ranks of the Rochester Police Department, he attended the academy and was selected as the Class Captain, upon completion of his field training, Sgt Brochu was assigned to the Maple Section 1st Platoon, later transferring to the West Division 1st Platoon. Sgt Brochu was assigned as a Recruit Class Counselor for recruit classes 51 and 53.