A few months ago, one of my fellow Rangers told me something eye-opening. You see, he’d seen my blog before he met me. Then we got to know each other a bit and he said that on the blog, I seemed full of myself. He only said this to highlight the difference that he found in the way that I seemed on the blog and the way I turned out to be in real life. I say it was eye opening because while I had wondered about the way I sounded to others, I wanted to give an honest appraisal of myself on the blog. Looking at it now, I can see that anyone who gives too candid an appraisal of themselves turns out sounding conceited or boastful.
In real life I tend to, if anything, understate details about myself. Oh, I admit that I will take almost any opportunity to tell a story from my time in law enforcement…but that’s just because they’re entertaining stories. As far as my contribution to the stories…well, to be honest, any contribution I made could have just as easily been made by any of my co-workers.
So without further ado (thank goodness), I present to you my slightly edited “About Me” section. And for the person who opened my eyes to this, if you’re reading this: thanks. 🙂
I am a Law Enforcement Ranger here at the park. I came to the park with a decade of “front line” law enforcement experience under my belt.
Even though I like to think that I was a good cop, I grew tired of that and wanted a change of pace. You see, my main reason for getting into law enforcement originally was to help people; I’m hooked on helping people. I’m well satifsfied here in the park, since it seems that I get to do a great deal more helping here in the park than I did in “normal” law enforcement.
Adding to my enjoyment of being a Ranger here at the park, I am a Field Training Officer. That is, when new Rangers join us, part of the required training for them is to be sent to me (or someone like me, there are a few other FTO’s in State Parks). So – for good or for ill, I get to shape minds in regards to Law Enforcement in a Parks setting. 🙂
Stay tuned and I’ll update this with more about myself, if anyone cares to know. 😉