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May 13, 2021 1:38 PM

Associate Chaplain Graduates from National Police and Fire Chaplain Academy

Sam Millen graduated from the week-long National Police and Fire Chaplain Academy on Friday. Mayor Gere, Chief Small, AFD Division Chief Nick Walsh, Chaplain Rusty Van Deusen, as well as two representatives from the Chaplain Academy, Charlie Scoma and Preston Bhang, and a small band of Anacortes’ public servants, joined together in a small ceremony on Wednesday afternoon to honor Chaplain Millen’s accomplishments. Academy courses included stress management, death notifications, ethics, suicide, and sensitivity and diversity. Chaplain Millen and his classmates also took part in first-person police and fire training exercises, including traffic stop simulations, to provide first-hand perspective.

Millen is a pastor at Anacortes Adventist Fellowship and will now serve as an Associate Chaplain with Fidalgo Chaplaincy, a program designed to serve First Responders in Anacortes and surrounding areas. Sam earned a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI), and also completed a Clinical Pastoral Education unit at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA). While in Seminary at Andrews University, Sam served as a Police Chaplain and Honorary Captain at the nearby Buchanan Police Department. In addition to pastoral ministry, Sam has been a school and hospital chaplain at various locations around the United States and Canada and continues to volunteer as a chaplain at Island Hospital. Welcome aboard, Chaplain Sam!

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