I was born in Bethesda, Maryland to a father who was a Marine Corps sergeant and mother who was a Navy nurse. I have two brothers who have served in the Marine Corps and a sister. I lived in Centerville most of my life and graduated from Centerville High School. It as in high school that I wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement. I attended Eastern Kentucky University on an Army ROTC scholarship and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Police Administration. Two weeks later I was at Ft. Sill Oklahoma attending Officer Basic Course in the Field Artillery. I was shipped off to a tough duty assignment in Hawaii as a Field Artillery Lieutenant where I served until leaving in 1992.
In 1993 I was hired by the Moraine Police Department as a police officer where I was first assigned to road patrol after being trained by Off Glen Hanks and Off Lyle Chambers. I got the chance to become a Field Training Officer and bike officer while on road patrol. I also got to attend the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab Evidence Technician court which I enjoyed. I quickly fell in love with the investigation portion of the job and got the opportunity to go into the detective section first as a uniformed investigator and then a plain clothes detective. I worked many high profile crimes during that time, but it was a major drug operation that the section did that stands out the most because it not only helped the citizens, but the officers on the streets. The case took several months from start to end and led to the arrests and convictions of seventeen people who were selling drugs in a local trailer park.
I returned to the road as a sergeant and I am currently the day shift sergeant with over 25 years of service. I am most proud of partnering up with Off Denise Smith who wanted to start a women’s self defense course in 1997. We have been teaching this class together for over 21 years now and we enjoy giving back to the community. This also led me to start up a kid’s self defense class that we have been running since 2001. In all we have graduated over 400 women and 400 children from the courses.
As much as I have enjoyed being a “cop”, I’ve enjoyed being a husband and a father even more. My wife Kim has had my back for the past 25 years and sacrificed many a nights for me to follow my dream. While my children were younger, I enjoyed coaching them in various sports. Both boys are grown up and currently working on their dreams. It this job has taught me one thing it is to appreciate what you have and not sweat the small things.