Deputy Sheriff/School Resource Officer
Walton County Community Traffic Safety Team
My job responsibilities: Explorer Post Commander, Honor Guard Trainer, and School Resource Deputy for Paxton K-12 School. Former Chair and current member of the Walton County Community Traffic Safety Team as well as Chairman for the Walton County Prevention Coalition.
Why I joined on the Coalition: I was one of the first trained as a Child Restraint Technician and have been a huge supporter of teen traffic safety. I started the Teen Driving Challenge program in Walton county, FL.
Professional accomplishments: Crime Prevention Practitioner, Honor Guard Founder, Former Traffic/ K-9 supervisor, Vehicle Operations Instructor and Board Member for the Matrix Christian Outreach.
Hobbies or areas of interest outside of work: Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and now Charter Organization representative for the BSA. Member of Post #178 AMVETS and VFW #4437.
What was your favorite song when you were a teenager?Back in Black-AC/DC
What make and model was your first car? 1965 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
What has changed most about driving from the time you were a teenager to now? Distracted driving. The use of hand held devices.
The one tip I would give any new teen driver would be: It is important that we are all mindful of sharing the road with all drivers... Older drivers have a much slower reaction time and find it more difficult to keep up with changing car technology. Similarly, newer drivers are inexperienced and often lack the ability to make important road decisions quickly or confidently. Patience and awareness of each driver’s deficits helps create a safer driving environment so that we may all share the road.