Linzy Savage was born in Upland and raised in Ontario until 1971 when he moved to Apple Valley with his family. Savage graduated from Apple Valley High School in 1984 and immediately joined the Army.


After 4 1/2 years of service, he returned to join the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Hesperia station in 1989. His father retired as a sheriff's captain after serving 32 years, his brother retired as a sergeant after 30 years and his wife retired as a sergeant after serving 23 years.



Q: What do people not know about your job?


A: The number of great people I have met while doing my job. I have been fortunate enough to make life-long friendships while serving in Hesperia.



Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: Returning stolen property to someone who never thought they'd see their stolen property again or returning a lost child to a scared family. Catching the bad guy is sweet also!



Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.


A: Retire happy and healthy.



Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal to date?


A: I am a proud father of two amazing sons. They are truly the best thing I've ever been a part of. They make me laugh, they amaze me at how smart they are and they make me very proud.



Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?


A: In about three years I'd like to be at West Point watching my son play football. In 10 years I'd like to be traveling and playing a lot of golf!



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: My father, who was an amazing man, husband, coach and friend. If I could have half of the influence on my sons that my father has had on me, I will be happy with my life.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get."



Q: Tell us about your belief system.


A: I believe people should strive to do the right thing for the right reason all the time, not just when people are watching.



Q: What motivates you?


A: Every day is something new.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: Breathing.



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: The P.A.L. Boxing program I started in Hesperia. It's taken a lot of personal time and dedication, but it has given me many great friendships and accomplishments in return. I love the kids and am very proud to see them change and grow.



Q: What book had a significant impact on you?


A: "ENDURANCE, Shackleton's Incredible Voyage," by Alfred Lansing.



Q: What are five things you can't live without?


A: Family and friends, Reese's ice cream, naps, football and working out.



Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?


A: Take the blinders off! There's more to life than the four years of high school.



Q: What is your passion?


A: Naps!



Q: What do you do in your free time?


A: Take naps!



Q: Tell us about a special vacation.


A: Going to West Point with my son during his junior year of high school to see the campus an football program.



Q: What's your favorite guilty pleasure?


A: Ice cream!



Q: Tell us about your first car.


A: 1965 Ford Falcon Ranchero.



Q: What's your favorite sports team and why?


A: Tennessee Titans. I have followed them since the first time I saw Earl Campbell run the ball when they were the Houston Oilers. They may not always be on top, but a fan stays true to their team no matter what!



Q: What's the best thing about living in Hesperia?


A: I like seeing people I know when I'm around town. It makes me feel connected to the community (something you don't usually get in a large city).



Q: Describe a special memory you have of Hesperia.


A: Meeting Robert Espinosa, our P.A.L. coach and my closest friend.



Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.


A: P.A.L. Boxing!



Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?


A: Pasco's Pizza! It was my favorite place as a teenager (the old Round Table Pizza) and I still go there several times a week!



Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?


A: I really enjoy what I do. I have enjoyed working many years in Hesperia, but have just been transferred to a position at our headquarters building in San Bernardino. Also, if anyone wants to sample the best pumpkin cookies ever, get in touch with Charlene Peters!


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