Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Raised in Islamorada

“I grew up in the Keys. I was raised in Islamorada. 

Looking back, I can see it now, there was always something different to do growing up down here. You don’t realize it when you’re a kid, but we got to do stuff like going to the beach on Christmas. That is cool to do. I have many great memories growing up on the water.

I was in college and really just spinning my wheels. I was going for engineering and was in a calculus class. I am good at math, but I was sitting in class thinking this really sucked and I wouldn’t want to do it for the next 25 years when the teacher said ‘you’re going to be doing this for the rest of your life’. I thought ‘Oh, great’. That was day one of trying to figure out what I really wanted to do; what I could do for the next 25 years and not get bored. I called my parents and told them I wanted to go to the police academy.

I have been with the Sherriff’s office for 4 years now. I remember thinking, on my first day as a 21 year old kid, ‘What did I get myself into? I was just in college and now I am arresting people 2 and 3 times my age!’ It was an eye opening experience! I was thrust into growing up, quickly.

As a police officer, there is one story I love to tell. It was Christmas morning and a guy called in that there were people breaking into his boat. It was 3 am. We arrived on scene and apprehended the thieves. The thieves had broken into about 4 other houses…on Christmas morning! It felt nice, it was like catching the Grinch on Christmas morning. That is one of my most rewarding adventures!

Our most recent adventure? My girlfriend and I went to the Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. We did a 3 day 2 night 30 mile backpack trip. It was a big learning experience, we had never done this before. The first day of our trip it was raining. Right before we got to our camp, after hiking 8 hours, there was a torrential downpour, lightening, the whole thing and the trails were flooded. Everything got wet; our cloths, our shoes. We still had a blast. We had a near bear experience. We were hiking in an area where the trail gets close to a campground. There was a family hiking toward us and they were hiking pretty quickly! The guy told us he was from Tennessee and he had never seen this before; there were 2 bears on the trail and they wouldn’t move, no matter what he did, they stood their ground. We were 22 miles in, we had to move forward. Luckily, as a cop, I am allowed to carry a gun and I had my gun with me. Every step we took we were looking behind every tree! We never did see those bears, but it was fun!

We went into the adventure thinking we were prepared but once you actually do it, we realized we knew very little. I think, what seemed to be a really hard trip being wet all the time and having wet shoes, any trip we do now will be a piece of cake! Our next trip is Wyoming, the Grand Tetons!”

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