PSC Chaplain Jerry Gaidos officiated the memorial service for slain Seaside Police officer Jason Goodding this past week. An unfortunate but necessary part of our chaplain’s job description that they hope and pray they will never have to do.
Our chaplains do not volunteer thousands of hours per month across the Portland tri-county area with their agencies for any recognition. Knowing they are serving the men and women of the local fire, police and emergency call centers with love and care and maybe receiving a smile at the end of a long day or night shift is reward enough.
BUT, every once in a while, one of our own does receive a public acknowledgement, as did our Clackamas Fire chaplain; Kenton Johnson last night Well done Kenton, glad the men and women of Clackamas county know your true heart; as a servant.
There I was, enjoying Christmas day with my family and suddenly a text message beamed in from our 911 Dispatch center. A suicide has occurred and the Chaplain is being requested to come to the scene. A quick hug on the grandson and out the door I shot. Then My phone rang; a dying man is asking to speak to this Chaplain… A message arrives on my phone the following day, “Chaplain, come to a particular address; there has been a stabbing and the scene is chaos; we could sure use you”. The next text message reads, “Chaplain requested to a Cardiac Arrest scene”.
When these things happen, it is no surprise to watch me pick up my phone as I go and call you…”I’m headed to a tough scene, could you remember me in prayer real quickly?”
Although you hear me routinely say how important your support and prayer is to me, please know that you make the difference between a lone Chaplain working a scene, and that same Chaplain responding in the grace and peace of God. You are an amazing group and I appreciate all you are and what you do!!
And….It’s time to head off for more self taught Steelhead fishing lessons whenever I can snag a spare moment.
It’s a great way to refresh ones heart and mind!! (But wear plenty of warm clothes!!! J)
Thank you once again for your unwavering encouragement, prayer and support toward all we are seeing done through the Chaplain outreach you are involved in.
In His service,