Tacoma Pierce County Chaplaincy provides crisis support services to the First Responders and residents of Pierce County. We accomplish this mission by commissioning, training and supporting Public Safety Chaplains who serve police and fire agencies. Our organization is funded solely by donations made by First Responders and members of the community. Thank you for your support!

Established

1971

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Chaplains Trained

800+

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Annual Service Calls

2000+

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OUR TEAM

TPCC Chaplains serve Police and Fire Departments throughout Pierce County.

Public Safety Chaplains

Larry Huffman
Larry Huffman

West Pierce Fire & Rescue

Larry Dorothy
Larry Dorothy

South Pierce Fire & Rescue

Mike Boisture
Mike Boisture

Puyallup Police

Bruce Morris
Bruce Morris

Tacoma Fire

Russ Peters
Russ Peters

Tacoma Fire

Gwen Bagne
Gwen Bagne

Fife Police

Tony Powell
Tony Powell

Puyallup Tribal Police

Jeremy Tost
Jeremy Tost

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Vince Rhoades
Vince Rhoades

JBLM Fire

Jodi Wheat
Jodi Wheat

Jodi Wheat

Roberta Paulsen
Roberta Paulsen

Pierce County Sheriff

Roger Roth
Roger Roth

Pierce County Sheriff

Rich Carbone
Rich Carbone

West Pierce Fire & Rescue

Bob Ihler
Bob Ihler

Sumner Police

Bob Grimes
Bob Grimes

Gig Harbor Fire

Glen Luebke
Glen Luebke

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue

Deb Ray
Deb Ray

Orting Fire

Dianne Huffman
Dianne Huffman

West Pierce Fire & Rescue

JD Latos
JD Latos

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John Beauchamp
John Beauchamp

Pierce County Sheriff

Darryl Ventura
Darryl Ventura

Tacoma Police

Holly Lienhard
Holly Lienhard

Holly Lienhard

April O'Rourke
April O'Rourke

Tacoma Police

Ben Harris
Ben Harris

Tacoma Police

Cheri Grimes
Cheri Grimes

Wa State Patrol

Rick Bulman
Rick Bulman

Gig Harbor Police

Pam Osbourne
Pam Osbourne

East Pierce Fire & Rescue

Stephen Crabtree
Stephen Crabtree

Pierce County Sheriff

Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Pierce County Sheriff

Lance Schinkal
Lance Schinkal

East Pierce Fire & Rescue

Kathy Bill
Kathy Bill

Tacoma Fire

Connie Densmore
Connie Densmore

Riverside Fire

Dan Ingram
Dan Ingram

East Pierce Fire & Rescue

Chere Jewitt
Chere Jewitt

East Pierce Fire & Rescue

Doug Paterson
Doug Paterson

Tacoma Fire

Cole Chambers
Cole Chambers

Central Pierce Fire & Rescue

Hugh Milloy
Hugh Milloy

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Ed Jacobs
Ed Jacobs

Tacoma Fire

Jeff Ries
Jeff Ries

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Ginger Passarelli
Ginger Passarelli

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Ed Densmore
Ed Densmore

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Father Tryphon
Father Tryphon

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Charmaine Jovanovich Miller
Charmaine Jovanovich Miller
Mark Suko
Mark Suko

Gig Harbor Fire

Joe Koehler
Joe Koehler

Ashford Fire

Julie Westfall
Julie Westfall

Tacoma Fire

Chris Bassett
Chris Bassett

Bonney Lake Police

Travis Rickert
Travis Rickert

Gig Harbor Fire

Chaplain Emeritus

Dan Nolta
Dan Nolta

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Wilby Casey
Wilby Casey

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Art Spahr
Art Spahr

Staff

Laura Dawson
Laura Dawson

Office Manager

Ben Harris
Ben Harris

Executive Director

Charlie Scoma
Charlie Scoma

Academy Director

Board of Directors

Joe Berg
Joe Berg

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Kevin McIntyre
Kevin McIntyre

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Preston Bhang
Preston Bhang

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Dean Edwards.
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Jeremy Sankwich
Jeremy Sankwich

Jeremy Sankwich

Miguel Villahermosa
Miguel Villahermosa

Miguel Villahermosa

Michelle Cox
Michelle Cox

Michelle Cox

Scott Engle
Scott Engle

Scott Engle

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Ben Harris
Executive Director

ARE YOU CALLED TO THE FIELD OF PUBLIC SAFETY CHAPLAINCY?

Contact the TPCC Office to find out more about how you can
get involved and support this vital work in our community.

Office Email
info@tacomapiercechaplaincy.com

Office Phone
253-564-7848

 

OUR MISSION

At TPCC, our mission is to provide crisis support services to First Responders and the community. 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, our Public Safety Chaplains respond to thousands of service calls each year, directly providing service to First Responders and to the nearly 900,000 residents of Pierce County.

After successful completion of our Academy, our Chaplains are equipped to serve in the following ways:

  • Confidential Counsel: giving First Responders a confidential resource to help them work through stress and mitigate the impact of absorbing the trauma that they are exposed to

  • Scene Stabilization: emergency assistance for first responders & members of the community on the scene of a traumatic incident

  • Crisis Intervention: the application of suicide intervention, mental health first aid & other techniques that promote recovery from a crisis

  • Death Notifications: contact, notify & support next of kin after the unexpected loss of a loved one

  • Peer Support Team & Critical Incident Stress Management: facilitate and/or participate in activities to aid in recovery & reactivation after a traumatic incident

  • Family Support: assist First Responder families & participate in Family Association events

  • Line of Duty Deaths: provide support to the families and peers of fallen first responders as we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice

  • Community Outreach: participate in events that strengthen relationships with the community

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OUR ACADEMY

Since 2002, our Police & Fire Chaplain Training Academy has graduated over 800 Chaplains from all corners of the U.S. and as far away as South Africa. We are dedicated to equipping Police and Fire Chaplains with the skills necessary to effectively function in emergency scenarios, and to bring compassionate care to First Responders and the communities they serve. Our week-long Academy consists of classroom instruction as well as practical, scenario-based training.
 

The Academy is held twice each year at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission in Burien. Our Academy Command Staff and cadre of Instructors are subject matter experts who bring decades of experience to the week of learning. For registration forms, FAQs and other information, please click on the "Academy Packet" link to the right.

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Academy Director

Charlie Scoma

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Next Academy

October 4-8, 2021

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I called 911 because my mother passed away.  The First Responders offered to have a Chaplain come over, which I initially declined.  I regretted that decision and reached out to the station, who connected me with the Chaplain. The Chaplain was caring, confident, respectful and kind... a voice of nonjudgmental faith, calm and reason. I can't even begin to describe the frustrations, grief, anger and sadness of our family as we worked to lay our mother to rest. The Chaplain helped to ease that pain.  It took several days and numerous telephone calls to handle permissions, coordination, payments...  the Chaplain guided us and made it happen. I feel better knowing that mom is being taken care of and that she received a thoughtful prayer from the Chaplain, now and not weeks or months from now. My only regret is not accepting the offer to have the Chaplain visit the night of the incident.  They could have come and said a prayer over mom that night, as well as provided me with information sooner. Thank you for this valuable service, especially during these complicated times.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

TPCC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. We receive no government for public funding. Our support comes entirely from donations made by members of the community partners and voluntary contributions from First Responders. Please consider supporting our mission today! Every donation makes an impact. You can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring monthly donation. Just click the link below or contact our office for next steps.

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Our Mailing Address

P.O. Box 731055

Puyallup , WA  98373

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253-564-7848

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