For the Public: Dan Gibson, Grass Valley |

For the Public: Dan Gibson, Grass Valley

My job title: Crisis intervention officer for the Sheriff’s Office.

What I do in my job: Respond to traumatic situations involving law enforcement and fire personnel.

Why my job is important to the public: It helps to bring an emotional balance in the aftermath of an event that has surpassed normal coping skills.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: Years of practical experience with first responders and an educational background in crisis intervention.

The best part of my job is when: The pleasure of helping those who have been impacted by a tragic event.

The part of my job that I like least is: Sharing the news of the loss of a loved one.

A day of work I’ll always remember was … : The morning of Sept. 12, 2001. Seeing the destruction of Ground Zero and the look of hopelessness on the faces of the rescue workers.

How I got my job: The Sheriff’s Office saw the need for this program and took the necessary steps to make it happen.

How long I’ve been working here: Nine years as the chaplain to the law enforcement and fire community of Nevada County, and almost five years at the crisis office.

My dream job would be: I have it now.

My family: Wife, Gloria, of nearly 40 years and three sons.

My hobbies: Golf and fishing with good friends.

When I was a kid, I … : Had an active and creative mind.

If money were no object, I would: Gather all my family and friends close by.

My dream vacation: Touring our nation.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: I have no idea.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My mother and father-in-law (their strength of character and faith in God) and the pastors I served under.

My hero: The men and women who protect and serve our country.

The best book I’ve read lately was (and tell us why): “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. It helps me to analyze my abilities and to set my parameters for the future. Knowing what we are able to accomplish limits wasted energy.

The soundtrack to my life would include these songs: Any wonderful melody that lifts the spirit and brings peace and harmony to my environment.

I like living in Nevada County because … : This is the most beautiful of places to live. All I need is here – its people, community interaction and breathtaking scenery.

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