Gary was born and raised in Northern Ohio where his family attended First Baptist Church in Strongsville, Ohio. Gary has served in youth ministry throughout high school, college and into his adult life. Gary and his family are still active in their church in various ministries. Gary is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and currently works for the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and assigned to the Community Policing Division. Gary started his career in 1990 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Law Enforcement Refuge Officer in southern New Jersey then transferred to the National Park Service in Indiana as a Law Enforcement Park Ranger. After his time with the Federal Government, he started his state career in Ohio as an officer with Put-In-Bay Police Department. In 1997, he was hired by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office and is currently assigned to the Community Policing / Public Relations Division. Gary is a certified DARE Instructor, ALiCE Instructor, NRA Firearms Instructor, CPR and First Aid Instructor, Pepper Spray Instructor, and a self-defense trainer, among others. Gary has testified as a firearms expert in Ohio felony cases. Gary plays a major role in the training and educational development in the courses taught by K & M Safety.