What's your name and job?
-Shaun, and I'm in Law Enforcement.
What does a day in your life look like? (Walk us through your normal day)
-I currently work road patrol. I conduct traffic stops to hopefully find narcotics and people who should go to jail; engage in conversation with citizens to find out their concerns; and respond to calls for service ranging from noise complaints and civil disputes, to domestic violence, robberies, and shootings. In addition, I am a SWAT operator, and hold a position as one of the team's Snipers. We are on call 24/7.
What makes you get up in the morning? What do you love about your profession?
-My family first and foremost makes me get up in the morning. Without them I don't know where I would be. The best feeling about my chosen path is that feeling you get when you know you did your best to help someone. Those times you did everything you could, whether the outcome was positive or unfortunately negative, and both colleagues and the people know you did.
What lead you to become a soldier, officer, etc?
-Well, what lead me to become law enforcement was my military service. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an Infantry Rifleman. I believe those skill sets I acquired, in addition to my combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, provided a base foundation to my current accomplishments as both a Deputy and SWAT operator. Not to mention I just really love helping those in need.
What are the most challenging aspects of your profession?
-I would have to say the most challenging aspect is not knowing what the day has in store for you. Before each shift I always think about what could happen, but also what I would do in those situations to prevail. A simple call for service could quickly end up deadly. I always tell myself I AM going home at the end of shift; whatever I must do to get home to my family. However, if I happen to fall while trying to save one of my brothers or sisters, then so be it. But, I aim to have everyone go home safely.
What do you love to do in your free time?
-I love training martial arts. Not only is it great for overall fitness, but it helps me having that knowledge as a Deputy. I primarily train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a purple belt currently, but also train Muay Thai Kickboxing and Jeet Kun Do.
Furthermore, I love spending time with my wife. We travel, go on cruises, see concerts, etc. Anything fun to take our minds off work for a while.
What are your thoughts on the HHV ATE Helmet?
-I love the design. The magnetic chin strap is unique and holds up to the stress put on it when moving around a lot. The M Lok side rails are also something different I haven't seen on other helmets. I deeply appreciate the fact military veterans made this helmet. They know what kind of horrors one could face and know what a great helmet requires. It is also awesome you put the testing videos and results up for all to see what we're actually getting for the money, not to mention the price itself is very affordable. Especially with the payment plan.
-Please include a photo of yourself, and bonus points if you are wearing one of our helmets! Let us know if we need to blur out the face.
-See attached. I just happen to see this email before rolling out on search warrant this morning. I thought it'd be the perfect opportunity to snap a pic with the HHV helmet. This is the second op I've used the helmet on. What we were issued I'm not sure we should've purchased in the first place. I've seen testing reviews for said helmet and I didn't think too highly of it. Many of my teammates have asked about my HHV helmet, so of course I tell them all about it. Side note, I'm waiting on the rail attachments for comms to be restocked so I can get my headset up on the helmet.