Chief White’s past facilitates his love for the community | Community

In the summer of 2018, Jordan White and his wife Natalie traveled to Gold Beach on a restorative 4,000-mile road trip from Montana after the unexpected loss of White’s mother earlier that year. Looking for a fresh start, the Whites chose to visit Curry County for its coastline and contacted local law enforcement for a meeting. Unbeknownst to white people, the sheriff’s office was hiring.

The time from the first handshake with Curry County Sheriff John Ward to a signed offer letter was five days in total and included a weekend. Over those five days, Ward got to know Jordan White’s resume, background, and persona, even interviewing his wife Natalie. What Ward found was a person practically designed for the needs of Gold Beach and Curry County. This new face of the city was a builder; an innovator; a level head; and a rare, borderline mark of “The Right Stuff” that NASA and the novels have us attribute only to astronauts.

Anyone who needed to fit in well in the ocean town of Gold Beach and Curry County would need to learn about things that no plainsman would likely ever experience in our nation’s midstrip: l industry and ocean hazards, events in the most remote areas. rough places, forest fires, the lumber industry and knowing how to deal with very difficult people in very difficult situations, while setting a public example of leadership as a resident and a citizen. A lot of people might think that if a sheriff’s deputy catches the bad guys, then they’re doing their job. That may be true, but there’s so much more to it, especially at one of the westernmost points of the continental United States. A person must know the ways of this realm to appreciate how to function in it.

After three years, White was recently named Chief of Police White and has served as Gold Beach’s police chief since October 2021. Among other things, and in a way made uncomfortably short by the constraints of a news article, the following is an attempt to illustrate Jordan White the person and why it was so important to creatively ban Mr. and Mrs. White from leaving the area and bringing their talents back to Montana in 2018.

Although Chief White is originally from California, he grew up in Montana. Her dad wrapped up the family of four when White was 3 and headed to Montana, changing their life trajectory to include exposures that Carmel, Calif., didn’t offer.

At age 7, White was riding his bike like a 7-year-old in traffic and lost a duel with a van, getting hit head-on. When White came to in the ambulance, he recognized the volunteer medical worker attending to him. She was a substitute teacher at his school and later became his trainer, mentor and peer in the local fire and rescue services 11 years later. White was airlifted from the scene to the local hospital. Because of this flight, he met a crew member who later became the resource and inspiration for his future search and rescue and scuba diving interests.

After his family home burned down, 11-year-old Jordan White’s family moved to Trego, Montana, and began operating a sawmill. Jordan received his first chainsaw when he was 12 years old. The sawmill experience opened a door to working alongside the local Amish in Libby, Montana, where the 14-year-old began building log homes and landscaping. Now in his teens, his father realized he would need his own transportation and insisted that he learn how to repair his own vehicle. So, at age 16, he got a job as a mechanic at the local Chevy dealership. At 17, White found time to work as a horse trainer in and around Glacier National Park. At 18, White joined the Ferndale Fire Department and Big Fork Ambulance, where he worked for eight years alongside that substitute teacher/volunteer medical worker who cared for him long ago when he was touched at 7 years old.

“Did we talk about how I was a cruise ship captain when I was 19?” Kalispell, Montana sits on the shore of Flathead Lake, which is larger in area than Lake Tahoe, about half the size of San Francisco Bay. “The ship had a full bar. It was my responsibility to keep it stocked. I was 21 for three years!

It was on this lake that Jordan White developed an appreciation of the sea as a way of life, and where he later worked in the very serious business of recovering underwater bodies as one of the divers himself with his mentor who piloted the flight of life. helicopter from the bicycle incident against the pick-up truck years before.

White was sworn in as a deputy in the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office on his 21st birthday. About a year later, White was selected to attend a counter-terrorism school in 1999. Never one to stop innovating, in 2008 White earned his airplane pilot’s license to expand his research reach. and rescue in the air. Refine and further expand his abilities to include a helicopter pilot’s license and go on to found (funded by endowment) Two Bear Air.

“I believe in the unparalleled value of integrating aviation into public safety and hope to build a smaller scale program to serve Southwest Oregon,” said Chief White.

After a few years of fire and rescue, White saw a way to increase the rate of successful rescues in remote locations. He developed a proposal to equip existing state helicopters with winches that would allow rescues in places that would not allow a helicopter to land. The state crunched the numbers and deemed White’s proposed project cost too much for the roughly 12 lives it estimated the program would save. Because he believed in this program and the lives it could save, he couldn’t give it up. He consulted well-heeled philanthropists who recognized White’s commitment and chose to support his project with whatever he needed to launch the program. It was a huge victory that only a committed and organized innovator and entrepreneur could have achieved. In the first year of the helicopter rescue program, they were able to perform over 350 individual rescues. This is the search and rescue service called Two Bear Air.

“And then we were threatened with a lawsuit by the state of Idaho for practicing medicine in the state without a license,” White said.

A forestry company had an emergency; one of them was going to die. A logger was in such a remote area that even the logging company couldn’t reach him. Efforts by Jordan White brought a helicopter to the scene and carried out the rescue. Because no good deed goes unpunished, someone decided it was their duty to sue the rescue team for practicing medicine in Idaho without a license. The details were finally worked out. White’s “philanthropic public/private helicopter rescue program” has been in operation since 2012 in Montana and Idaho – the first of its kind in the world.

A citizen, businessman, and public servant does one of two things: either “make things better or make things worse,” White said. Of a life dedicated to public service, he said, “We can’t just quit.” In his spare time, White developed five acres near downtown Gold Beach in an effort to solve the housing problem of having too little inventory to meet the needs of the local population. There are four houses already built and four other houses which should start construction as soon as the seasons allow it.

“Say your dreams,” says Chief White. It’s advice he gives to Gold Beach kids when given the opportunity to speak to them at public school events. He lived this creed all his life. His interest in public service stemmed directly from his interactions with motivated and inspired volunteers and public service professionals, such as his substitute teacher and the flight of life crew member. When he was the one on the stretcher, he met people who showed him a way forward in life that shaped his worldview. After that 1989 house fire that swept away his family home, a man the family had known as “Fred the Hay Guy” presented the White family with an envelope full of cash and said, “You need it more than I do.” “It’s the community,” said Chief White.

By “dream telling”, a person educates friends, neighbors and acquaintances on how to help a person grow while helping to break down barriers, paving the way for a person to achieve things that would too complex for one person to achieve on their own initiative. own. This advice appears all over the office of the Gold Beach Police Department. While waiting for White to free up for this interview, “momma bear” and office manager Gail Whitmore, realizing the interview was about White as a person, began to quickly talk about her character, her love of the community and of office life, giving examples through peals of laughter, almost ending with shouting that White is “SO PRO-PUBLIC!”

The meeting with White was scheduled for 30 minutes which lasted three times that, without a single interruption in the flow of life reveals and laughs. White lived his ‘pro-public’ life telling his dreams to the people who helped him become a deadly version of a superhero while inspiring others who want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. . Chief White revamps what many think is just about stopping the bad guys to also facilitate deep positive change for the community.

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