Who are you?
My name is Dr. Michael A. Crain. I was born and raised in Mariba (Menifee County) Kentucky. After graduating High School in 1994, I joined the United States Air Force. I served four years, during which time I received a Good Conduct Medal, and an Air Force Achievement Award for my assistance with the Bosnian Peace Talks. I received my honorable discharge in 1999. I’ve been a resident of Ohio ever since. I’ve lived in Moraine, Dayton, and now Huber Heights. I am married to a great wife with four children. I was awarded my Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) in 2008, the same year I attended the Huber Heights Citizens Police Academy. I currently work at a mortgage in the area as tech support.
What is your mission?
It’s my personal goal that no law enforcement officer or fire fighter in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia or any place I’ve been will ever come to a holiday and not know that that are appreciated and honored by someone. I want them to know that someone cares that they are out there.
This began while I was thinking on the events of 9/11 in 2008. One of the last “moment of silence” was for the fire fighter that was the last survivor removed. During that moment, a gratitude for our law enforcement and fire crews really “came to life” so to speak. That evening I called my local department (Huber Heights, OH) on 9/11 and asked if they could let the officers and fire fighters know my appreciation for them. I was informed that they had not had that request in over 14 years. So that’s when I decided that I would reach as many as I could and let them know they are cared about.
What kind of things can you do for police and fire departments?
* Ride-alongs with police officers.
* Make hospital calls.
* Attend visitation/funerals.
* Attend fund-raising events.
* Contact Police/Fire Departments on holidays with encouragement and tips.
* Speak out about Public Safety issues here on my blog.
*Perform weddings (Ohio and Kentucky only at this time)
*Call or email someone in your department who you feel may need encouragement.
Do you have a brief bio I can use for media materials?
Dr Mike A. Crain moved to the Dayton area after leaving the United States Air Force in 1999. While volunteering with local churches and community organizations, he received his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Christian Life School of Theology in 2008. It was also in 2008 that Dr. Crain started his outreach to local first responders, who he considers his heroes. He began an email outreach to local police and fire departments. This grew into becoming a Chaplain for a local police department in 2012. Now, almost 3 years later, Dr. Crain has over 500 hours of time he has spent with officers on ride-alongs, in addition to training hours completed. Dr. Crain is a chaplain for three departments, and is available to numerous others via mutual aid. In addition, Dr. Crain has helped organize support on Facebook for numerous Public Safety issues, the most familiar of those being the “I Support the Beavercreek Police” Facebook page.