FOR 45 YEARS ONTHETOWN MAGAZINE HAS EXTOLLED THE SINCERE EFFORTS OF THE MANY PEOPLE, PLACES, BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO DO THEIR PART IN MAKING THE GREATER FLINT AREA A GREAT COMMUNITY. WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS A RESULT OF THE AMAZING PEOPLE WORKING IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE SECTOR. TO THAT END, WE WOULD LIKE TO SALUTE CASEY TAFOYA, A DEDICATED MEMBER, AND CAPTAIN, OF THE OFFICE OF GENESEE COUNTY SHERIFF.
Although he has served our community for the past five years in that capacity, while accumulating nearly 20 years of service, he is pursuing a new career challenge effective December 4.
Captain Tafoya always had an interest in emergency medicine and law enforcement from a young age and appreciates that the paramedic division at the Office of Genesee County Sheriff provided him the opportunity to merge his two career paths. “I love the stress in critical situations when somebody’s life is in jeopardy, when I am able to provide a lifeline and/or a path to safety,” he says.
Captain Tafoya obtained a nursing degree from Delta College in 2006, and is a registered nurse in the emergency department for McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint. He has been a licensed paramedic since 1999 and maintains several medical certifications including Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) and Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC). He is an active member of the Protocol and Professional Standards Review Committees within the Genesee County Medical Authority. Because of his earnest involvement and proactive approach in the law enforcement, EMS and emergency departments within a hospital environment, he has improved the quality of care provided to patients throughout Genesee County. Captain Tafoya was named Genesee County’s Officer of the Year in 2007 and 2018.
Captain Tafoya reflects on his many proud moments working side by side with law enforcement and the EMS community, but says being able to have a positive impact within the community, especially on kids, is his greatest accomplishment. This is why taking the time to coach for Linden youth football, basketball and soccer is of such importance.
“A coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person does in a lifetime,” he says, “And I encourage others to get involved.” His community engagement expands with his seat on the Greater Flint YMCA’s Board of Directors along with participating in their various committees over the years.
He continues by saying, “It is a ministry to me, and the dividends it pays are priceless. This is my passion. The brotherhood of law enforcement will always be the proudest time in my life outside of being a husband and a father.”
Thank you, Captain Tafoya! the greater Flint area community and onthetown salute you!