After Firefighting Career, Los Angeles Man Had Another in Jail


Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez profiles Don Dickinson, a retired firefighter who is a volunteer jail chaplain. He writes, “Dickinson has spent more time behind bars than many burglars and armed robbers…Last month, Dickinson hit a milestone. July marked his 25th year as a chaplain. For most of that time, Dickinson has toiled for free, as he does now.

“‘He doesn’t miss an opportunity to help somebody,’ Don Stanley, a retired police officer, was saying the other day while Dickinson straightened out the information rack in the family waiting room at Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles. Dickinson supervises Stanley and 50 other volunteers in the Sheriff Department’s Family Outreach Services program, which he helped establish eight years ago.”


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