Joe and his K9 partner Maddie are members of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Volunteer SAR Team in Bend, Oregon. K9 Maddie is an 8-1/2 year old Border Collie, and is certified in Avalanche and Area Search II, plus she has had extensive HRD training.
Prior to joining SAR, Joe spent 42 years in the Nuclear Power Field which included 6 years in the U.S. Navy serving on board a Nuclear Powered Polaris Missile Submarine in the Pacific Fleet. His civilian Nuclear career was primarily engineering, but also included collateral duties as a member of the Emergency Response Organization (ERO) which trained for and was activated during declared Nuclear events.
Joe has served in various National leadership positions throughout his professional career involving Nuclear safety, in SAR as the K9 Team Coordinator, and as well in other volunteer organizations, such as USA Hockey.
Joe loves spending time in the wilderness with his family, and is a Mountain Ski Ambassador at Oregon's Mt. Bachelor. Joe's wife Rochelle is a retired Operating Room Nurse and volunteers as a surgical team member serving those in need overseas.