PSC board member Janie Schutz was recognized in a recent Oregonian article about hiring women in her Forest Grove Police department
It is the holiday season and many police agencies sponsor a fun event; Shop with a Cop. Great link and interaction with the needy community at large that emphasizes the humanity of these officers that put their life on the line daily.
Our own Paul Schmidt has participated every year with the Fairview Police and received a lot of joy from squiring around young kids and seeing their joy at getting a much needed blessing.
Undoubtedly December brings the happiest of days, especially if you are a child or Christian. Gifts, parties, Christmas lights and tree all rolled into a month long celebration of food and family.
The problem with being an agency personnel or Chaplain is that the bad stuff keeps happening everyday dampening our enthusiasm and joy for the season. People still get in traffic accidents, house fires still burn brightly and loved one’s unfortunately die.
These truths have come home to our family at PSC as Chaplain Joel Peterson recently lost his Father-in-Law and Chaplain Chuck Bowman his daughter Leana. None of us will live forever but death calls us home in this time of celebration, it just seems to hit home harder.
We grieve for our Chaplain’s loss but know someday they will be re-united in Heaven with our savior. God gives us enough grace to sustain thru this pain and we pray that you and yours will be safe and sound thru-out the holiday season.
God bless you and hold you close as we celebrate the birth of our Lord; Jesus Christ.
I just traveled back to see family in beautiful Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Stopped by the airport Fire and Air Rescue department and got the first class treatment from my nephew; Ethan Echternach and the crew there. Unbelievable equipment and trucks including the Snozzler pictured, that can pierce the airplane skin and shoot in foam and fire suppressant. These fire trucks are not your everyday vehicles, loaded with video screens and warning lights and sounds. The folks in South Carolina are well protected!
The state 911 Dispatcher’s Organization and the Emergency Dispatch Center Organization (APCO-NENA) get together annually for a training conference. They also hand out a select few awards.
Steve Brodehl was selected to receive the State of Oregon’s “Partnership Award” last night. This award is given to the person believed to have employed the greatest level of support and partnership to/with the 911 dispatchers across the State over the past year
Local ABC affiliate KATU in Portland, Oregon did a great piece recently about the benefits of chaplains in the local Police department. Our PSC chaplain to the Beaverton Police department; Paul Olds was the featured chaplain in this video. Paul has served the Beaverton Police department for over 10 years and has earned the respect of his officers and the Police Chief he serves under.
Once again, the chaplains at PSC responded to the challenge and worked hard marshaling cars, working handicapped parking and keeping little kids safe in the boucey house! Their efforts were rewraded recently with the award of $1,000, received gratefully by our board chairman; Mark Johnson.
At the recent ICPC regional conference, our own Chuck Bowman received one of 5 awards for Exceptional service as a chaplain this past year.
Chuck serves a variety of Police and Fire departments in Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Oregon City and West Linn.
As you can imagine, Chuck does not seek honors or glory beyond the love of his father in Heaven. BUT, we think it is great that those in the state of Oregon have recognized him with this significant award.
Job well done!
This past week we all saw and heard the images and voices from Clackamas Town Center mall. A lone gunman, stealing weapons from his home, ran into Macy’s into the mall near the crowded food court and opened fire with an assault weapon on innocent bystanders. Killing 2, wounding another and thankfully jamming his weapon, ran on further and ultimately killed himself.
The question we all ask ourselves is “Why”? What could have caused Jacob Tyler Roberts to feel like he needed to do this terrible act? The answer is disappointing but easy; we will never know.
What we do know is the response by 911 operators, multiple local, county, state and federal police agencies and several local fire departments that had triage and incident response tents within 15 minutes of the first calls.
Many Public Safety Chaplains responded to their departmental calls that day and have been busy debriefing and meeting with their specific agency staff in the days since.
Picture of candlelight vigils both at Clackamas, Washington county malls and several towns and cities across the state were seen in the days since then.
All of our chaplains have been overwhelmed by the response from their respective staff, officers and Fireman; prayer for those who lost a loved one, fear for their families future safety and healthy questions about their spiritual life and worth before God.
The greatest joy for these chaplains is to be able to answer that question and how God is still active, alive and well and cares for us more then we do. Especially in this season of giving and family gatherings around the dinner table, it goes without saying that we feel a renewed sense of belonging and caring for others.
Imagine how God feels each and everyday, looking toward his creation and hoping and praying for each one of us as his children.
Would that we could feel and pass along these same emotions to our family and friends everyday!
God bless you this day, week and year-end as we look toward celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ!
Every year the State of Oregon recognizes and acknowledges those Fireman that have died in the line of duty. This years ceremony took place September 20th at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem, Oregon.
Our Executive Chaplain; Steve Brodehl was asked to share and give the Invocation.
We all recognize those men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice in laying down their life for others, whether on the battlefield abroad or