Helping out in the least likely of places!

Executive Chaplain Steve Brodehl just sent me note from a small town in Eastern Oregon;

I’m still here in NE Oregon assisting the two fire departments with services and support surrounding their tragic losses of fire fighters. (One suicide and one murder).  Each little town population is under 1,000 people and they are about 8 miles apart (essentially one department)

You would love my living arrangments…in the Chiefs old house.  15 degrees outside, 33 degrees inside .  Dinner last night was “Tator Tot cassarole” and ritz crackers…  Really, it is such a blessing to be here helping these folks.  I taught the volunteers at drill last night.  We discussed dealing with stress and loss etc.  I left after a couple of hours of drill and chit chat.  About 30 minutes later, they call and ask me to return to the station.  I find a young man in the corner of a small room, sobbing.  He is simply overcome with sadness and life in general.  I toss everyone else out of the building and plop down on the floor beside him.  We share and cry together for 30 minutes.  At the end of that time, he allows me to put my arm around him and simply begin to pray for him. (he is NOT a Christian at any level).  It was awesome to see the Lord move right in that space and touch him. Words will never fill the space.

Oregon International Air Show

The Oregon International Air Show presented by Standard TV & Appliance has approved a grant for Public safety Chaplaincy of  $2,000  from the 2011 Air Show funds.   The 2011 donation total will exceed $70,000 and bring the overall air show donation total to over $1,220,000.

2011 was another excellent year for the Air Show.  We celebrated our 24th year with over 65,000 people attending!  Each year the Oregon International Air Show serves over 50 charities with net profit dollars from this event.  We are a volunteer-based organization and count on your time and effort to help this event succeed.  It is a rewarding use of volunteer time and makes it possible for us to help worthy organizations like yours with the net proceeds.

Whom We Serve


It is our policy at Public Safety Chaplaincy, Inc. to respond at the request of the Police, Fire, EMS and Dispatch organizations, which we serve, and the greater community without regard to faith. Ours is a ministry of presence in many cases, and is not predicated on having a faith or being of a particular faith. In the capacity as chaplains they do not “evangelize” anyone unless requested by the individual.

Welcome to the World of a Police Chaplain

You are about to embark upon a journey of discovery that will open your eyes to a whole new world. A world that includes dedicated service, honor, heartache, shattered lives and broken homes. A world of hard work, long hours, and sleepless nights where life and death decisions are around every corner and where strangers judge your every move. You are about to discover the world of law enforcement from a chaplain’s perspective. I love this world and I hope you will too. I’ll introduce you to what the men and women of law enforcement live with day after day and along the way I hope that your respect and understanding of those who serve us grows. Hopefully you’ll gain an understanding of what officers do on a daily basis, the stress they endure, and the price they pay for keeping us safe. So join me as I tell you stories of “The Sheepdogs of Gresham”. We’ll pause here and there and tell stories of travels, adventures, and the stuff of life so, let’s begin.

“The seaman tells stories of winds, the ploughman of bulls; the soldier details his wounds, the shepherd his sheep (dogs).”

Sextus Propertius

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