For the public: Greg Thys, Colfax |

For the public: Greg Thys, Colfax

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My job title: California Highway Patrol officer, public relations.

What I do in my job: Road patrol (accident investigation, traffic stops, criminal investigation, general public safety and support), media relations, radar coordinator, training officer, school bus coordinator, court liaison, union rep.

Why my job is important to the public: The public relies on law enforcement to provide protection and to uphold the law fairly. Also, to extend help in the time of need.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: I don’t know that I’m any different from those I work with, but I do have a strong desire to serve and to do the best I’m capable of.

The best part of my job: Knowing I made a difference, whatever the circumstance, and that the difference helped!

A day at work I’ll always remember is … : There are so many! Unfortunately, the day that will forever be with me is the day a young man committed suicide in front of me by throwing himself into freeway traffic in Solano County and then the multiple crashes that immediately occurred.

How I got my job: I was encouraged to apply by a friend attending my church in Rocklin (Capt. Chuck Winn) … Six months of hard work at the CHP Academy, and I made it in.

How long I’ve been working here: I have been at the Grass Valley area office for four years and with the CHP for 15+ years.

My dream job would be: Shortstop for the San Francisco Giants (ha).

My family: I have a wife, Sandi, and three children – Melissa, Erin, and Joel. They are truly the most important piece of my life on this earth!

My hobbies: Softball, boating, skiing, coaching, running.

When I was a kid, I … : always wanted to be a baseball player.

My dream vacation: I took it! My wife and I went to the Caribbean on a cruise.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Tom Hanks?

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My wife; my children; Marv and Dave, who led me to faith; my mother and father; Bill Pion; Bob Milano; and Bob Morris.

My hero: Jesus! He is my savior!

The best book I’ve read lately: “Apocalypse,” a book in the “Left Behind” series.

I like working in Nevada County because … : Of the beauty of the area and the wonderful people within it.


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