Jeff Farrar was born and raised in Nashville, Tenn. in the late '60s. His father was a pastor and an engineer, his mother worked for a real estate broker and he has an older brother and a younger sister.
After graduating high school, Farrar enlisted in the Air Force and served as an aircraft mechanic on fighter jets, embracing the chance to travel the world. He spent a year in South Korea and has visited places like the Azores, Spain and Egypt.
Farrar separated from the Air Force after a little more than four years of service, began his search for a career and got married to "a lovely California girl." Together, they have three children.
He fell into trucking for several years to support his family until he landed his current career as a Deputy Sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Q: What do people not know about your job?
A: I don't think a lot of people understand why we (law enforcement officers) are ready, willing and able to lay our lives on the line to protect any and all citizens of our community. And my answer to that is one of the mottos I live by from the Archangel Group (an international organization that provides security and anti-terrorism training and services), "If not me, then who?"
Q: What is the best thing about your job?
A: Most definitely the opportunity to help someone and/or make a positive difference in their lives somehow.
Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: I feel successful when I do make a difference in someone's life and they pay it forward.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?
A: I think that would be my involvement in the success of HPAL, the Hesperia Police Activities League Boxing Program. This program centered on the discipline of boxing teaches our kids self-discipline, self-motivation, the desire to succeed and success itself, not to mention giving back to their community.
Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?
A: Anywhere that I can help someone else succeed.
Q: What makes you tick?
A: My belief and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Q: What is the source of your values?
A: The Bible (the GOD breathed written word.)
Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: In my younger years it was my good friend and youth pastor, Chris Van Hess. Chris was the source of encouragement in my faith and in everyday life during those tough teenage years.
Presently however, Coach Robert Espinosa (HPAL's Coach) has been the greatest influence in my adult life. Coach is the type of person that not only would but will give you the shirt off of his back. But what makes him different is that he would also give you another shirt and anything else you might need. It's that mentality that has strengthened my love and desire to help other people.
Q: What is your favorite quotation?
A: I don't really have a favorite because there are so many good ones out there. But in the present context these two come to mind:
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." Harry Truman
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Muhammad Ali
Q: What book had a significant impact on you?
A: Without a doubt it is the books "On Killing" and "On Combat" by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman (retired). Lt. Col. Grossman has dedicated his retired life to touring the world to help train and mentally prepare what he refers to as the "Sheepdogs" of the modern era and create in them a bulletproof mind.
Today's Sheepdogs are your first responders (cops, fireman and our soldiers). These brave souls dedicate themselves to protecting the rest of the world against all the wolves out there. This mindset has definitely impacted my life as Deputy Sheriff.
Q: What are five things you can't live without?
A: #1 Faith, #2 Family, #3 A Sense of Humor,
#4 Pets and #5 Pizza.
Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?
A: Have fun and act your age while you are still young.
Consider yourself blessed if you have one true friend.
Keep having fun and act your age when you're not so young anymore.
When you feel like giving up " Never, never, never, give up." Sir Winston Churchill
Q: What is your passion?
A: I'm passionate about changing the world for the better, going to heaven when I die and meeting as many of the people I meet along the way there, too.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I like spending time with my family, researching my family history/genealogy, reading a good book or just relaxing.
Q: What's your favorite movie and why?
A: "The Matrix Trilogy." It's a classic tale of good triumphing over evil. A man named Neo is just living his simple life but knows there is more out there than meets the eye. And when Morpheus helps him open his eyes to the true world and reveals to him that he thinks Neo is the One to save them all, he fails time and again until he finally believes in himself too and achieves the impossible.
Q: Tell us about your first car.
A: It was a 1973 Chevy Impala. I named her the Green Dream. Oddly enough I wrecked it when I was seventeen by pulling out in front of a cop.
Q: What's the best thing about living in Hesperia?
A: The fact that I live so close to work and I live in the area with the people I serve.
Q: Tell us one thing that most people don't know about you.
A: I'm not as mean as I look ... once you get to know me, that is.
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?
A: Yes. Are we done? Because a pizza sounds really good right now. Seriously though, I want to thank everyone out there in the city of Hesperia who supports the Hesperia Police Department, the city of Hesperia and the Hesperia Police Activities League. Without your support, we as a city could not succeed.
Q: How can readers reach you?
A: Well if it's an emergency call 911. But I can normally be reached at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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