Lieutenant, Umatilla County Fire District
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
In 2008 — when the housing market crashed, I was in central Oregon, pursuing a career. A job opportunity opened up here, so that’s why I moved.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
When it’s here, the taco truck by the Cottage.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Outdoor activities — hunting, fishing and boating, and spending time with my family.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
The culture. There are a lot of different ethnicities, and everyone still kind of maintains their heritage, and it’s fairly well-respected.
What was the last book you read?
Extreme Ownership, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. It’s a management book by a Naval officer.
What app or website do you use most often?
CrewSense, for work. It’s a personnel management app.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Probably Paraguay. My uncle passed away there when he was 15 years old, on a mission trip. My grandparents were missionaries. That’s where he’s buried. My middle name is after him, and my son is named after him. I’d kind of like to see where they did the mission.
What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?
My son (age three and a half) says some pretty funny things. But at work, we were up all night one night, and we were taking pictures of each other. Then the same pictures showed up at our banquet, and it was the same night I won firefighter of the year.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
To spend more time with family, and reprioritize things.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Besides my son, I’d say my career. I’ve worked really hard, and had lots of things come in my way that I think a lot of people would have stopped and tried something else. But I kept pushing on.