I am a lifelong resident of Henry County, grew up in Collinsville, VA., and graduated from Fieldale-Collinsville High School. In 1989, I was a passenger in an automobile accident involving a pedestrian, and the pedestrian unfortunately passed away. I remember thinking that I wanted to help him but didn’t know what to do. In early 1990, the decision was made to join Fieldale-Collinsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, and it’s been emergency services ever since. I became an EMT in late 1990, obtained my certification as a paramedic in 1995, and became a firefighter in 1997. Since 1990, I’ve worked for Stone Ambulance Services, Inc, as a 9-1-1 telecommunicator with Henry County, and as a firefighter/paramedic, high school EMT instructor, and EMS Training Coordinator with the Henry County Department of Public Safety. I was certified as an EMT Instructor in 1998 and received my AS in Emergency Health Sciences from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2005. I retired from Henry County in late 2022 with 27 years of service. I was fortunate enough to join Franklin County in February of 2023 as the part-time EMS Training Coordinator.
I currently live in Bassett with my wife, Tammy, and our dogs Otis and Mister. We share 3 kids between us: Bryanna, Cameron, and Blaine. We also have 2 granddaughters: Wrenley (who is almost 3), and Layton (who just turned a month old). My hobbies are collecting and running vintage model trains, woodworking, and working on old Volkswagens. I am also passionate about mental health issues for first responders, in memory of my late son Mykael.