“I was one of those kids that lived in a small town and didn’t want to stay in a small town. I had gotten my firefighter level one and two certifications while in high school. My dad had been in the military and he suggested it. I left the Air Force as a Senior Airman. I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2010 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2015. I also went back to Iraq as a contractor post-service.
After contracting I had some money, but was tired of being a firefighter. Eleven years into the gig, my body was starting to break down. I moved to Utah and TacGas offered me a job as an event coordinator. I was doing a logistics job, but it was not fulfilling. I have loved dogs since I was a kid, they just gravitate to me. So, I googled “K9 GI Bill,” found a program, and moved across the country to take a thirteen-week course. Once I was certified I started my career as a K9 handler. I worked the NBA All-Star Game in 2019, the “Hamilton” touring show, and eventually picked up a job in Vegas where I helped get a K9 program set up. “