Fatherhood and Mentoring

Dan O’Connor is the Director of Field Operations for the Chief Security Office, FEMA.  He is a retired Marine Officer who has provided security leadership and consultation for the rebuilding of the New World Trade Center and 4 Olympic Games.  He was also abandoned by his father as a child.  In this episode, Dan talks about the adverse effects of being raised without a father and how mentoring can overcome those obstacles to create healthier, higher performing soldiers and first responders.

Dan outlines some of the issues and emotions he experienced as a result of being raised without a father, and how he came to understand the importance of mentoring.  He asserts that personal issues affect job performance, and leaders should focus on helping others overcome personal obstacles so that they can excel in life and on the job.

He goes on to point out that mentoring should be an organic relationship that cannot be forced.  Mentors should recognize the need in others and approach them with the offer to support them through mentoring.  Mentees should take the risk to improve, recognizing their need and then committing to personal development through the mentoring relationship.

This episode is one of the most content-rich episodes to date.  Many people pay thousands of dollars for coaching sessions with someone of this caliber.  Be sure to listen to the episode at the link(s) be

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Jonathan Parker is a professional communicator, trainer, podcaster, and pastor who is passionate about serving law enforcement officers and their families.

Jonathan was raised in Savannah, GA, and after earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, he moved to Cleveland, TN to complete his graduate studies. He graduated from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in 2006 with a Master of Divinity.

Jonathan began working with the Chattanooga Police Department in 2007, and has served on Patrol, as a School Resource Officer in an inner-city high school, and as an adjunct training instructor for multiple agencies. He was twice named “Officer of the Year” for the Chattanooga Police Department, received two life-saving medals – one of those for performing CPR on his wife Meredith who was clinically dead for over 15 minutes after suffering a massive heart attack eight (8) days after the birth of their daughter, and he also received the Tennessee Governor’s Homeland Security Award from former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredeson.

Jonathan is the host of the “Watch Your Six” podcast, which serves law enforcement and first responder families by providing practical resources in six critical areas to help them successfully navigate life and their career.

Jonathan, Meredith, and their daughter Olivia are the founding Pastors of Cop Church Chattanooga, a worship gathering for law enforcement families that launched in February 2015.

Jonathan can be reached via his website at www.JonathanOParker.com or www.CopChurch.com.



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