With the New Year just beginning and most with eyes toward the future, we at Chelsea’s Light would like to look backward to honor a Changemaker who was there at the very beginning. Officer Don Parker, now retired from the San Diego Sheriff’s Department after 25 years of service, was the SAR Coordinator in the search for Chelsea during those horrific days at the beginning of what is now our mission. He also coordinated the search for Amber Dubois and hundreds of others. Parker and his team were honored with a meritorious citation for their work on Chelsea’s search – an effort that included 40+ local, state and federal agencies. It was the largest search and rescue operation in San Diego County history. Since that time, Don has been working quietly to support CLF by sending resources our way and attending events when he is able. Don is married, lives in San Diego and enjoys cycling and music.
Don, we will never forget that you were there for us at the beginning, providing strength and comfort at our darkest hour. You are part of this beautiful mosaic of Changemakers that keeps Chelsea’s light shining and we are forever grateful.