It was nice to see the Daily Sentinel cover the retirement celebration for GJPD Officer Paul Frey. Paul has had a long and fruitful career in many aspects of Public Safety, and stands to continue to contribute to this most essential service of government in many unique ways.
In working with Paul for over 13 years, I can personally attest to the width and breadth of the specialized knowledge that he possesses, from motor vehicle enforcement and accident investigation, search and rescue and remote area operations, to radio system operation and administration.
I had the pleasure of working with Paul for several years in the planning and design of improvements to the county’s public safety radio resources. I’m now working with him as a volunteer on the Mesa County Search and Rescue Communications Team. Outside of the technology and processes, I’m essentially a city boy, and have a lot to learn.
Paul has also been very instrumental in developing additional radio resources for Mesa County’s EMS system, and competently represented Mesa County’s EMS providers for several years on the board of at least one statewide EMS organization.
Paul Frey is one of a rare breed of Public Safety professional, with diverse knowledge across multiple disciplines and a mastery of communications and incident management principles. His shoes will be difficult ones to fill, but if he’s true to his word he’ll still be active in other arenas, from Clifton Fire to teaching young drivers. We as citizens and fellow professionals will continue to reap the benefits of his involvement.
Congratulations, Paul, and best of luck.