The life of a Chaplain during the holidays

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,

Steve Brodehl

Master Chaplain

Shop with a Cop

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.

Thanks Paul for all that you do!paulschmidt

Holiday Season

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.

Myrtle Beach Roadtrip

MB7I just MB1traveled 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!


PSC Executive Chaplain Honored by 911 Dispatch Organization for Oregon

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 yearWCCCA Brodehl Award

Local Media discovers the value of local Chaplaincy

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.



2012 Hillsboro Airshow Grant

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.

Hillsboro airshow 2012 grant acceptance

Hillsboro airshow 2012 grant acceptance

Exceptional service Award

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.

Congratulations Chuck!

Job well done!

Clackamas Mall Shootings

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!

Clackamas town center candle light vigil

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