Person of Interest
It is SSC's honor to introduce to you Terry Crowe, Jr., who works in Safety and Security. Terry has agreed to be our Person of Interest for July and August. Terry, thank you for sharing and helping us get to know you!
Q. Camp in your RV or a tent?
A. My preference between camping in an RV or camping in a tent would be backcountry camping in a tent. I like to get out into the wilderness as far as I can. The longest trip I have done is 14 days in Maine. It makes it much more fun when you only get to use what you can carry! Now when it comes to the rest of my family, they prefer to take out the travel trailer.
Q. What is the ‘thing you did’ that your family is always reminding you about?
A. This reminds me of the “thing that I did” while working in Maryland with my police family. I had the great misfortune of locking myself out of my police cruiser while conducting a traffic stop. I issued the citation and then watched the person drive away only to return to a locked police car with bright lights flashing. Do you know how many people slow down to watch a police car on the side of the road? All of them!
Q. What was the last experience you’d like to share that made you a stronger person?
A. Completing my Master’s degree was a great experience that made me stronger because it was the completion of a process that took some time to accomplish as well as many hours of research, study, reading and writing. I think back on the day I began my college studies and my dreams of obtaining a Master’s degree. Having accomplished this task proves to me that I can accomplish those things which I truly desire to obtain.
Q. Your favorite memory or childhood object you still have?
A. My favorite childhood object is a book I received as a gift when I was very young. At the early age of seven, I became interested in watching and studying birds. I had an unusual bird show up in my back yard at my bird feeder which I was certain must have been an escaped exotic species since I had never seen it before. I needed some way to identify this rare find and I was given a copy of Robbins – Birds of North America: A Guide to Bird Identification. I still have that copy! ….In case you are curious, it was a Rufous-sided Towhee, now called the Eastern Towhee, look it up you may have one in your yard as well.
Q. What song[s] are included on the soundtrack of your life or what Disney character best fits you and why?
A. The song that would be on my soundtrack of life would be “My Maria” by Brooks and Dunn. This is an appropriate song to remind me of my wife of 25 years. “When she’s around she takes my blues away”, Just my thoughts about her brings back my peace of mind, she’s the sunlight when skies are grey” – “My Maria”. Oh, by the way her name is Maria!
Q. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A. I have always been fascinated with the Banjo. I began to play about 10 years ago and would love to be able to just pick it up and play any song that came to mind.
Q. If you could pick a super power, which would it be and why?
A. The super power of choice would have to be flying. I was able to participate is some really neat flying opportunities while I was in the US Navy and those experiences still bring back great memories of the thrill of flying. It would also make visiting the Great Smoky Mountains pretty neat, since I would be able to fly around to some of the remote parts of the park without all of the traffic.
Q. What you learned from a life changing lesson that had great impact on you and stays with you always?
A. Early in my law enforcement career as a young police sergeant, our Chief of Police stopped in on one of our training sessions and offered some advice that I continue to use as a barometer for my actions to this day. He said before you make and decision and take actions, pause to think for a moment about three things. 1. Would you be comfortable watching your actions play out of the national news the next morning? 2. Would you feel comfortable with your neighbors reading about your decision and actions in the local newspaper the next day? 3. Could you set in front of your wife and children and tell them what you did and why? If you can answer yes to ALL three questions, then you are making the right decision!