Honors: Graduate of the U.S. Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin AFB, Niceville, Florida; U.S. Naval Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia; FBI Hazardous Devices Technician School, Huntsville, Alabama.
Duties: Oversee the city of Tempe Crime Free Multi-Housing Program for Apartment Complexes, and educate the community in enacting proactive crime deterrent practices in relation to both residential and commercial businesses. As an explosive ordnance disposal technician, I am called to respond to any type of military ordnance to include IED (improvised explosives) with specialized training to handle chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
Personal: Arizona native, born in Stanfield; B.S. Grand Canyon University; M.S. Northern Arizona University.
Inherent dangers you face: I deal with violence on a regular basis. As a police officer, I am counted on to interrupt crimes as they happen or to pursue a criminal or criminals directly after a violent crime has been committed. Although as officers we are sworn to protect life and property, it regularly places us in danger. We encounter dangerous people that have little reservation about harming others.
Proudest moment: Becoming a DAD twice.
On the job valuable learning experience: Appreciating the little things in life and living it to its fullest, because life can be very unforgiving and merciless.
Favorite quote: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Character is what you really are. Reputation is just what people say you are.” —John Wooden.
Balancing service and family: My personal belief is that yes I am a police officer, but it does not define who I am. I’m a father first, a son and a brother. Although it’s my chosen profession, I always remember it is just a job and the importance of being a parent is paramount above all else.
Greatest satisfaction of serving: Although we meet people in their most dire need, I make it my personal mission to leave a positive impact on each individual I come into contact with through education.
Next professional goal: To retake my MCAT exam and go on to medical school (D.O.).
In closing: “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” —John Stewart Mill