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Russ started his life’s adventures in the Boy Scouts of America, becoming an Eagle Scout like his late Father before him and like his Nephew following him. Russ developed skills in first aid, becoming one of the youngest Red Cross First Aid Instructor Trainers known in the Pacific Northwest. That ability in first aid was a gateway into the fire service, starting at the Lacey Fire Department-Thurston County District 3 station in Lacey while he was still in high school.

As time marched on, Russ became a fire inspector, fire investigator, Fire Marshal and Fire Chief, and served on a variety of boards of directors associated with the fire service in Washington State.

An opportunity came up for Russ to work in real estate in Seattle where over the course of about 15 years he became the chief of operations for two of Seattle’s largest real estate firms.

While in the fire service Russ graduated from the Seattle Police Academy in a program geared towards fire and arson investigation. When Russ left the public fire service to be engaged in real estate, he became a volunteer location coordinator for the prestigious Seattle Police Department’s SWAT Team which he did for about 15 years. Russ is one of the few civilians to get knocked unconscious, twice, by the SWAT Team during role playing.

The mighty Bechtel construction hired Russ to work on a problem at a construction site in California dealing with an odd artifact of Nikola Tesla involving energy picked up by construction equipment received from adjacent AM radio towers. That started a ten year plus career working with Bechtel on a variety of jobs across North America.

Russ is now semi-retired living in Northern Spokane County with his Wife, Mollie. They have been married for more than 46 years and live in the pine forest with their three cats, Socrates, Euripides, and Morley. Not being able to shed the attraction of the fire service, Russ is a member of the Spokane County Fire District 4, Deer Park, in a Support Services role. Russ takes an active part in helping Mollie select fabrics and come up with design ideas for Mollie’s renown quilting

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