Sometimes warriors get nothing but headaches and heartaches. The warrior's bane is often thankless and unsung. But something unique occurred on New Year's Eve in northern Utah when, by divine coincidence, Chris Willden, a former police officer-turned security contractor overseas, just happened to be in the right spot at the right time to offer his skills. Mr. Willden is from Ogden, Utah where, sadly, last night a police officer on a multi-agency narcotics strike force was shot and killed along with six other officers.
Several important things come out of the televised interview as I see it. First, it wasn't by chance that this warrior was in a position to help rescue and save lives. I believe a Higher Power was involved. Not only was Willden there, but also another passerby who was trained, skilled and confident in administering CPR, which also saved lives. Secondly, as his father points out, Chris is a lot like the prepared warriors I know: he doesn't leave the house without these three essential warrior tools: a gun, a knife and a flashlight. And, finally, thanks to sound laws and law makers in Utah, this good citizen and all other honorable citizens in Utah and around the nation, can carry a concealed firearm to protect themselves and others.
Thankfully, this warrior had experienced enough stressful situations that he knew how to react appropriately when a terrible emergency occurred.
- Jeffrey Denning (WarriorSOS.com)
- I'm the author of four books: Warrior SOS, The Work of Death, Together Forever, and Leaders Wanted. I'm in the doc film Please Remove Your Shoes. I've blogged for The Washington Times, and I write for Guns.com. I've worked for the high-profile U.S.-led Roadmap to Mideast Peace in Israel and Palestine. I've also worked as a SWAT team leader, a Federal Air Marshal and a sole-source training instructor on a classified contract with a U.S. government customer. My master's degree is in Military Studies and terrorism. I'm a former noncommissioned and commissioned Army officer, with service in Iraq. I've been Scuba diving and skydiving; I have trained with members of the U.S. Olympic Ski Team, and I'm an FBI-trained crisis negotiator. My interests lie in helping others and in strengthening America through inspiring moral courage, government fiscal responsibility and accountability, and maintaining principles that have made--and will continue to make--the United States of America a blessed and prosperous country. I'm a father of six, a husband, and a police officer. I reside in Utah, and I'm a Mormon. See also www.WarriorSOS.com.